An important step in remodeling or restoring your home is to make sure that your appliances are maintained and working safely. Otherwise it would be a shame to have all the time and effort put into your home go to waste when your dishwasher lights up in flames like a Roman candle on the Fourth of July.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 150,000 residential fires have caused $547 million in property damage and 150 deaths in just a two-year period from 2006 to 2008. These fires were found to have been all ignited by home appliances. In a closer study, Consumer Reports found that 50% of the appliance fires from 2002 to 2009 were caused by human mistakes, animals or storms while the other half was due to faulty product. [Read more…]