How to Prevent Appliance Fires


Whether it is your trust dishwasher, dryer or even refrigerator, any of these appliances can potentially catch on fire. While the chance of your dishwasher getting caught on fire is a lot lower than your dryer or range, anything is possible. Appliances have integrated into our everyday lives so we usually don’t think about their safety hazards. In order to avoid any damage to your home, it is important to be aware of these common safety hazards to protect you and your family.


Did you know more than 15 thousand clothes dryer related fires occur each year? Most common cause of dryer fires are:

  • Lack of maintenance
  • Placing items that do not belong in the dryer
  • Usage of plastic aluminum foil, and vinyl materials
  • Improper installation

Ways to prevent dryer fires:

  • Use extra caution when drying clothes with chemical substance on them
  • Clean regularly (especially the lint filter)
  • Keep any flammable items away
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted
  • Do not leave the dryer unattended


Since microwaves use radiation to heat food for efficient cooking, there are optional risks such as a fire. Common causes of microwave fires are:

  • Electrical hazards
  • Radiation exposure
  • Accumulation of grease

Ways to prevent microwave fires:

  • Always keep your microwave clean to prevent food build up
  • If you suspect there is a problem with your microwave consult a professional


Did you know refrigerators are the leading causes of kitchen fires after the range and microwave? Common causes of refrigerator fires are:

  • Frayed power cord
  • Overheating compressor

Ways to prevent refrigerator fires:

  • Make sure to not run over the power cord
  • Clean the condenser coils


You probably would have never imagined your dishwasher could start a fire but don’t forget the components that make a dishwasher. A dishwasher has heating elements that dry your dishes. If you have a faulty heating element it can potentially start a fire.

Ways to prevent dishwasher fires:

  • Never turn on your dishwasher when you are leaving your home
  • Annually inspect your dishwasher


Whether it is a gas or electric range these are one of the common reasons for a kitchen fire common cause of range fires are:

  • Grease fires
  • Frayed cord
  • Overheated pots and pans
  • Flammable items near the cooking area

Ways to prevent range fires:

  • Clean your range after cooking
  • Never leave your range unintended when on
  • Keep flammable items away
  • Make sure there are no pressure on the power cord



Thanks for reading! We hope this helps you ensure the safety of your home and family. Check out our website to find any appliance repair parts you may need. Have a question, tip, or comment?  Leave it for us below!  Be sure to like and share this post and subscribe to the 1st Source Servall Blog to receive regular updates.

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