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Consumer Reports investigates appliance fires
By Daniel DiClerico
While human error is a common cause of residential appliance fires, the equipment itself is often to blame as well, according to a months-long investigation by Consumer Reports. Faulty refrigerator compressors, defective dishwasher circuit boards, and self-starting cooktops and toasters are just a few examples of the design flaws identified in our report. In fact, more than 15 million appliance units have been recalled in the past five years for defects that could cause a blaze. And our analysis of nationwide fire reports suggests the problem may run even deeper.
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself from appliance fires. First and foremost, be sure to register your appliances with the manufacturer so that you’ll be notified promptly if a product is recalled. And make sure your home’s fire-prevention equipment, including smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, is properly placed and in working order. For the complete safety information, as well as full details from our investigation, read “Appliance fires: Is your home safe?”