Essential appliances to dry out your home after a flood

Cleaning up your home after a flood can quickly become overwhelming. In addition to property damage, flooding increases the possibility of mold and mildew and can bring other contaminants into the home. You can speed up the drying process by lowering the humidity with dehumidifiers, fans and room air conditioners. Note: Only use appliances that … Continue reading "Essential appliances to dry out your home after a flood"

Counterfeit water filters: Your health and property on the line

Not all replacement refrigerator water filters are created equal, even those that may appear from the outside to be exactly alike. Unfortunately, many counterfeit and deceptively labeled water filters manage to find their way into the U.S. It’s a stretch at best to call these knock-offs “filters,” and the tests show it. If you’re wondering … Continue reading "Counterfeit water filters: Your health and property on the line"

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"

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. Between 2010 and 2014, fire departments responded to an average of nearly 16,000 fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. And the NFPA says that failure to clean the clothes … 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!"