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What Are the Most Dangerous Appliances in Your Home? Austin Injury Lawyer Explains

By Luke Dow on May 17, 2016

Think of the safest place you know. Got it? You probably thought about your home.

It is a place where you are surrounded by comforts, a quick meal, and entertainment. However, millions of defective appliances are recalled every year because they caused house fires. According to Consumer Reports, slipping safety standards at factories may be behind this frightening phenomenon.

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Here are the most commonly defective items in homes:

  1. Adaptors and chargers;
  2. Lighting products;
  3. Refrigerators;
  4. And hair dryers.
If you were injured in a house fire that you believe was caused by a defective appliance, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin personal-injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim against the manufacturer.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. Read on to learn more about the most dangerous appliances in your home.

  1. Adapters and Chargers
Countless adaptors and chargers are recalled every year for being faulty, according to the Telegraph. They may be small, but a broken charger can quickly start sparking and set fire to any flammable materials nearby.

It gets worse: In some rare cases, chargers have caused the devices they were connected with to explode.

The resulting injuries are severe, and medical bills can quickly add up. Avoid the risks by only buying adapters and chargers from a reputable source. Cheap knockoffs are much more likely to catch alight because the manufacturers are not held to the same high safety standards as the big brands.

  1. Lighting Products
Bulbs, lights, and lamps are some of the biggest fire risks in your home – even if you use them properly. The culprit? Defective lighting is often missing an internal fuse. This can lead to premature failure of the other components.

A spike of electrical current could cause the light, lamp, or bulb to fail and emit smoke or cause a minor explosion. More than 25 different lighting products were recalled between 2010 and 2014.

  1. Refrigerators
This appliance is a silent fire risk. It keeps your food cold by drawing out heat. The magic of making fridges safe boils down to how internal components manage and direct the exiting warmth.

One piece of botched wiring can wreak havoc in your home, starting a fire while you and your family are bundled up in bed. There have been numerous deaths linked to house fires started by a defective fridge, freezer or combination unit.

  1. Hair Dryer
Hair dryers have been known to overheat. The result? A small fire – and sometimes an explosion.

Unplug your hair dryer when you are not using it. Or better yet, avoid cheaper models because the manufacturers may have skimped on the quality of the internal components.

Did a defective product cause a fire in your home in Texas? Contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Mr. Dow is an Austin injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and help you pursue a fair settlement. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.


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