The first step towards safe appliances, Consumer Reports says is keeping tabs on product recalls, by registering new appliances.
Look for changes in your appliance. Even small annoyances like a light that's gone out can be signs of a bigger problem.
Other ways to keep your home safe:
And practice common sense kitchen safety. Unplug small kitchen appliances when you're leaving the house, and don't leave items on the stovetop or in the microwave unattended.
For more, go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/
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