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Kitchen Safety: How to Prevent a Cooking Fire

The holidays are coming and that means lots of cooking and time spent in the kitchen!

Did you know that HALF of all residential fires are caused by cooking accidents in the kitchen?

Take these precautions from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas to prevent any kitchen accidents this holiday season:

 

Don’t Deep Fry Your Turkey in the Kitchen.

Many people like the taste of fried turkey during the holidays – us included! – but plan to do your frying outdoors if at all possible. Grease fires are very common when a ton of grease is used indoors, and those grease fires can be difficult to put out. If you ever find yourself with one in the home, pour baking soda or salt – not water! – on the fire.

 

Never Leave Food on the Stove Unattended.

If you’re boiling, frying, or grilling anything on your stove or cooktop, plan to be in the room at all times – particularly if you have a gas cooktop with a flame.

 

Keep the Cooktop Clean.

Not only do you need to make sure your cooktop is clean and without grease, but you also need to make sure that there aren’t any hot pads, plastic bags, etc. close to the cooktop that could catch on fire.

 

Check All Appliances Before Leaving the House.

Get in the habit of swinging by the kitchen on your way out the door to make sure all burners and appliances are turned off completely.

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Establish a “Kid-Free” Zone.

Teach children to be safe around all kitchen appliances. The American Red Cross recommends having children stay 3 feet away from the cooktop area.

 

If you’re concerned it might be time for your appliances to get a tune up before the holidays, call us at Appliance Rescue Service, the top appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas! We’d be happy to come inspect your appliances and make sure everything is in excellent working order before the holiday season. Don’t delay in calling – we may need to order parts and we want to make sure everything is in perfect condition before Thanksgiving! 

Troubleshooting Trash Compactor Issues - Appliance Rescue Service

A trash compactor is a great kitchen appliance to have because the average American creates approx. 4 lbs. of trash each day. That’s a lot of trash! But what do you do when you are having trash compactor issues? Do not fret or start having nightmares about carrying huge bags of trash to the dumpster each day. Call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service! In the meantime, here are probable solutions to the most common trash compactor issues we see:

 

Problem #1: Trash compactor has no power.

Troubleshooting: Examine the unit’s power cord and make sure it has ample electrical supply. It is also important to examine the compactor’s latch, as it may been having trouble closing properly and creating a tight seal.

 

Problem #2: Trash compactor will not open.

Troubleshooting: Trash compactors function by rolling in and out on guided tracks. If the door is not opening, it is likely you have an issue with the track, guides, wheels, or rollers. The tracks may be broken, ungreased, or have some gunky build up. Either way, an appliance repair expert in Dallas like Appliance Rescue Service can help assess the issue.

 

Problem #3: Trash compactor will not compact the trash.

Troubleshooting: Most often, we find the issue here is that the drive belts are worn out from years of extended use. If the drive belts are in good working order, inspect the motor for issues.

 

If all else fails and you cannot troubleshoot the issue on your own, the experts at Appliance Rescue Service can fix the problem in no time. Our technicians are trained to work on trash compactors, disposals, dishwashers, cooktops, ovens, washers, dryers, and more.

 

Call us today to schedule your trash compactor repair appointment with Appliance Rescue Service!  Proudly serving Dallas, Garland, Plano, Richardson, Allen, Forney, Frisco, Las Colinas, and more.

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