Consumer Reports Warns About Fire Hazard Posed By Dishwashers

Posted on June 4, 2013

In a recent report, Consumer Reports takes a look at the threat posed by dishwashers that turn out to be defective or otherwise lead a fire to break out.  The article was prompted by a recent incident that claimed the life of an individual from New Jersey, and Consumer Reports hopes that citizens across the country will understand the hazards posed by even common appliances if those items prove to be defective.

Last year, the organization actually conducted an investigation of those appliances which typically prompt a fire in the home, and the results are startling, especially for dishwashers.  Although a number of devices were apparently looked at, dishwashers were one of the appliances that stood out.  The agency discovered that upwards of 1,000 blazes had their genesis to a problem, typically electrical in nature, with the dishwasher.  The information was obtained by studying National Fire Incident Reporting System data.

Many of the defects that have led to these fires have also led to ensuing recalls.  Many of the recalls are particularly wide-ranging, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has indicated that it’s going to be looking into why such defects seem to be increasingly commonplace.

In the meantime, you can encourage the safety of your own family by preparing for a fire.  Registering your dishwasher (or all other appliances) can ensure that you receive the proper notice when a recall is issued, but that doesn’t help if a defect presents before a notification is obtained.  Therefore, invest in such equipment as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

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