Whether electrical or electronic, all appliances come with state-of-the-art built-in safety standards. Safety features differ from brand to brand, but almost all brands follow certain general safety measures. This includes low resistance ground, to protect the user from receiving an electric shock. Those electrical appliances without earth will have double insulation to avoid electrical shock. Home appliances like toasters, kettles, and hair dryers come with different types of switch technologies that detect any fault in the appliances and cut off the power supply automatically. Popular brands like Electrolux and Whirlpool come with different types of child safety features. There are safety features that include dryers that have a latch on the inside door that protects children from being locked inside, and some ovens are equipped with latches on the outside of the door to prevent children from opening a lit oven.
Despite all the built-in safety features, care must be taken when using appliances. Never touch metal or stand in water while using electrical appliances. Check the cables, plugs and switches of the appliances at regular intervals. Always turn off electrical appliances and unplug them when not in use. Some of the most commonly used gas appliances are gas grills, fireplaces, vented and unvented gas logs, lights, and more. All gas appliances should be kept in a properly ventilated space. The cooking surface of any gas must be kept free of dust and dirt to avoid dangerous clogs.
Although people know about all these safety features, they don’t pay much attention. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that each year more than 1,000 people are injured by gas or electrical appliances. This is mainly because people overlook security features.
It is recommended to check the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) seal of approval before purchasing any appliance. This is a confirmation that the appliances have been tested to ensure their safety.