Detecting Product Defects
TOM: Being careless with appliances can lead to home fires, but so can the hidden dangers of defective products. Here’s tips on detecting product defects. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit home improvement minute.
TOM: An unattended stove or lint-filled dryer is an obvious fire hazard, but there are also dangers linked to appliance defects. About half of all appliance fires are caused by human error. The rest are started by problems with the appliances themselves.
LESLIE: To protect yourself against defect-based fires, register any appliances you buy with the product’s manufacturers so you’re notified quickly of recalls. If you move into a home with existing appliances, spend time researching online sources for related recall information.
TOM: Also, be smart about daily appliance use. Check cords for fraying, never run them under carpeting, and if your home is older, consider upgrading wiring to meet the demands of modern appliances.
LESLIE: Finally, consider subscribing to the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s product notification recall list.
With this step, you’ll be among the first to know when a dangerous product is identified.Those are tips on detecting product defects. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.