Buying a portable electric heater? Here’s how to make the best choice

They warm up your chilly office and keep your house guests comfortable all night long. Portable electric heaters give you more control over your own comfort and let you bring heat to where you need it during the cold winter months. Like any appliance, portable electric heaters come in a variety of models and sizes, … Continue reading "Buying a portable electric heater? Here’s how to make the best choice"

Is your water filter counterfeit?

Is it time to change your refrigerator’s water filter? Be careful about where you buy the replacement. Many consumers, perhaps attracted by lower prices, are being duped into purchasing counterfeit water filters. These convincing but fake filters, which can be nearly impossible to distinguish from the real thing, may put consumers’ health and property at … Continue reading "Is your water filter counterfeit?"

In the Hurricane’s Wake: What to do if your appliances are flooded

Few events are as devastating to property and homeowners as flooding. After the waters recede, your appliances may look relatively unharmed. But flooding can cause serious damage to appliances and make them hazardous to operate. Follow these post-flood appliance safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. If the storm … Continue reading "In the Hurricane’s Wake: What to do if your appliances are flooded"

Easy ways you can prevent cooking fires

There are more than 100 million ranges and cooktops in use in the U.S. today, and most are operated safely and without incident. When fires do occur, they’re usually preventable through a few simple steps. AHAM has partnered with UL, the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and the National Safety Council to develop its … Continue reading "Easy ways you can prevent cooking fires"

Tips to keep your dryer running safely

  When used and maintained properly, clothes dryers are extremely safe appliances. But accidents still happen. In 2010, nearly 15,500 fires occurred that involved clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. And the NFPA says that failure to clean the clothes dryer is the leading cause of fires involving dryers. When failure to … Continue reading "Tips to keep your dryer running safely"

Do your part to prevent range-tipping

Ikea’s voluntary recall of tens of millions of chests and dressers in North America after a number of children were injured or killed as a result of tip-over accidents has thrust both the risk of tip-over accidents and the importance of prevention into the spotlight. The risk of tip-overs, while low, also exists for kitchen … Continue reading "Do your part to prevent range-tipping"

Stay Safe and Warm This Winter with These Portable Heater Safety Tips

Temperatures are dropping around the U.S., which means many Americans will rely on warmth from portable electric heaters. These portable heat sources are a great way to keep warm through colder months, as long as they are properly used. According to data released in November 2013 by the National Fire Protection Association, from 2007-2011 there … Continue reading "Stay Safe and Warm This Winter with These Portable Heater Safety Tips"

Put Safety First When Purchasing Second-Hand Appliances

We all like to find good deals, and you may be on to finding some great ones this Labor Day weekend.  But, put safety first if you are considering a second hand appliance.   AHAM urges consumers to consider the following tips before purchasing a second-hand portable appliance: Ask the age and working condition of the … Continue reading "Put Safety First When Purchasing Second-Hand Appliances"

Keep Your Clothes Dryer Operating Safety and Efficiently with These Tips

Proper installation and maintenance of clothes dryers are an important part of ensuring that the appliance performs as designed. The dryer venting materials are an important factor in dryer performance and safety. AHAM recommends the use of rigid sheet metal or corrugated semi-rigid sheet metal venting material. Never use coiled-wire foil or plastic venting material. … Continue reading "Keep Your Clothes Dryer Operating Safety and Efficiently with These Tips"

Don’t Own a Grill? No Problem! Follow these Indoor Grilling Tips!

For most, a sizzling summer usually conjures up images of backyard barbeque and flipping burgers on the grill. Unfortunately for apartment and condo dwellers, grilling outdoors is probably not an option. AHAM has assembled some quick tips courtesy of Men’s Fitness magazine for those who are limited to cooking indoors: Pick a heavy pan – … Continue reading "Don’t Own a Grill? No Problem! Follow these Indoor Grilling Tips!"