My New Outside Blog: November 2010

Refrigerator Dangers - Part Two Of Two

Jay's post makes excellent points about something as everyday to us as the trusty refrigerator. Talk about something so taken for granted.

Who would have thought about a child using the refrigerator as monkey bars? But I bet it has happened more than once.

Jay knows his stuff. I subscribe to his blog for just this reason.

This is the follow up to the previous post!  So, are there other dangers to refrigerators?  Sure!  They are an appliance you have to pay attention to just as you would any appliance.  Maintenance is everything!  But ... so is safety.

TEMPERATURE

The first thing is maintaining the fridge at a proper temperature.  If you don't, the proverbial science project is the result!  And quickly!

What is a "proper" temperature?

It is recommended that the fridge side be kept at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at zero.

Newer models actually have a digital temperature button to adjust each side.  Older models have the analog knob, but you can figure it out with a thermometer.

                                                                   

CHILDREN DANGERS - CLIMBING

Particularly on the side by side models, but really on any fridge, children can open the doors and climb up the shelves.

Believe it or not, depending on how the doors are laden with things, a child's weight can tip over the unit!

Some refrigerators are situated under a cabinet, which minimizes the danger of tipping.  But some are not!  And if a unit tips it can certainly crush a child.

This is the kind of thing that happens just when you think it can't.

Children can also become trapped inside.  The older units with handles certainly posed a greater danger of this than newer units do.  But the magnetic strips can still close a door very tightly and a small child might not be able to open a door sealed shut.

FIRE HAZARDS

When a fridge is moved, it can be rolled back over or onto the cord.  That can damage or fray the cord, exposing the wiring to overheat or short.

Newer models have shorter cords, with a part of the cord attached to the back of the fridge, specifically to avoid this problem.  But it can still happen if not monitored.  And older units have longer cords.

Also, the flap on front-door ice dispensers can stick open, and when it does it can overheat.  This can certainly cause an electrical issue that can start a fire. I inspected a house where my client said it had happened to her.  She did NOT want a fridge with an ice dispenser and planned to get rid of the one that was coming with her new house!

Some units have drain pans in the bottom that are there to evaporate excess water from the unit.  Or, of the power goes out, frozen things can thaw and drip onto an electrical panel or connection causing a short.  When buying a fridge it is good to check out the locations of wiring as associated with the pan or drip potential.

IMPROPER DISPOSAL

The EPA will tell you that all fridges come with poisonous compounds or chemicals (like hydroflourocarbons - CFC's) that can endanger ground water or people!  Check with your trash service to see how they dispose of these fridges, or if the land fill near your home takes specific measures with disposed-of units.

My recommendation:  Pay attention to your fridge, its maintenance and its safety, and it will give you many years of great service.  Load it up with good things and enjoy!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

www.jaymarinspect.com

Want a great REALTOR in Tucson?

Google Me

Jon Quist, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI

REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE

Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Agent

6444E TANQUE VERDE ROAD

Tucson, AZ 85715

520-850-5995 Direct

800-557-9798 Toll Free

520-546-1978  Fax

Email : TucsonAgent@msn.com

WEB : www.TucsonBuyersAgent.com

WEB : www.TucsonRealEstateAgent.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsJon Quist • November 17 2010 02:44AM
Refrigerator Dangers - Part Two Of Two
share
Jay's post makes excellent points about something as everyday to us as the trusty refrigerator. Talk about something so taken for granted. Who would have thought about a child using the refrigerator as monkey bars? But I bet it has happened… more
"I Want It"… "No, We're Going To Pass"… "…
share
Karen has gone into great detail describing a scenario that takes place daily, even hourly, all over the country. Just remember that we see houses all day long, with all sorts of buyers. Don't lose sight of the fact that for most buyers, this… more
Two Chimney Sweeps
share
This gets re blogged so Alan can make the people nuts that he didn't make nuts the first time. There apparently is no answer so it is kind of like a law school problem. I have my own suspicions but I will keep them to myself. Talmudic scholars… more
Facebook Beefs Up Your Security
share
Robert has a great post here for Facebookusers. And since a large number of ActiveRain members have not only a regular Facebook page but a business Facebook page as well we should be aware of the security risks Facebook poses. It is obvious… more
Did You Really Expect a Counter Offer?
share
Randy makes a series of excellent points. If you are working with a lowballer, and you think they are just seeing if the seller will actually look at the offer and then counter the offer at a reasonable difference, you need to be sure that all of… more
The Medal Of Honor
share
On Veterans Day I wrote a post about how we owe our veterans everything, everyday. I used George Orwell's famous quote… "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf… more
ELEGANT GATED LIVING IN CENTRAL TUCSON… TUCSON REAL ESTATE
share
ELEGANT GATED LIVING IN CENTRAL TUCSON… TUCSON REAL ESTATE 404 S VIA DE LOS CAMPOS TUCSON AZ 85711 3 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS 2695 SQ FT HOME Welcome your guests into your elegant Mexican courtyard with tile murals gracing the… more
4340 N PALISADES DRIVE TUCSON AZ 85749.. TUCSON REAL ESTATE
share
4340 N PALISADES DRIVE TUCSON AZ 85749.. TUCSON REAL ESTATE Open and airy 2462 sq ft, 4 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage house has a formal dining room, family room, den, spacious kitchen with granite counter tops, huge pantry cabinet and… more
LAVA Music Presents The Kevin Pakulis Band in Concert
share
LAVA Music Presents The Kevin Pakulis Band in Concert for their latest release CD "Shadesville". The Kevin Pakulis Band is all about solid songwriting and great musicianship. Kevin's band members are Larry Lee Lerma on bass, Duncan… more
LAVA Music Presents The Kevin Pakulis Band in Concert
share
<! --[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid… more