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Prevent Safety Mishaps at Home From Ruining the Big Game

Don't let home disasters, like kitchen fires or blown fuses ruin game day. American Home Shield has tips on how to avoid these mishaps, as well as how to fix them.

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When your big game party is in full swing, the last thing you want is for safety mishaps to happen that interrupts the fun. A blown fuse that takes out the blender, or, worse yet, the TV is a definite party foul. Forgotten appetizers in the oven that catch on fire? No one’s idea of a smokin’ good time. Here are some tips on avoiding game day disasters and safety mishaps at home. 

How To Put Out A Kitchen Fire

Knowing how to put out a kitchen fire will save both your home and game day. Here's what you need to know. If the fire is in the oven, don’t open the oven door. Otherwise, you might burn your face or set your hair on fire. Plus, fire needs oxygen to thrive, and you’ll supply that by opening the door. The fire will eventually abate if you just turn off the oven. Stay in the room and keep an eye on things through the oven window. Once it has cooled completely, you can get to work on the cleanup. A stovetop fire is a bit more dangerous. Your best option is to cut off the oxygen supply to the pan or pot with a lid by just covering the pan. If that doesn't work pour a good amount of baking soda on the fire. This will stifle the flames. If that doesn't work, use your fire extinguisher or call the fire department. Never put water on a grease fire. 

How To Prevent Slips And Falls

Good housekeeping is the key to preventing slips and falls. As you get the house ready for your party, remove obstacles from walkways and always keep them free of clutter. Tape down mats, rugs and carpets that don’t lay flat, cover cables that cross walkways and mop or sweep the floors. If spills occur during the party, clean them up immediately. Paying attention to these small details is the best way to prevent slips and falls.

How To Prevent Electrical Hazards

No one wants a literal shock to the system. Follow these tips to help prevent electrical hazards in your home. Throw out any frayed, worn or damaged cords and extension cords; do not “repair” them with tape. Avoid multiple appliance plugs piggybacked on a single switch. Turn off small appliances when not in use. Never touch appliances or switches with wet hands. Use plug covers to prevent children from poking objects into electrical outlets. Always turn off an appliance before unplugging it and make sure to unplug electrical appliances after using them. Check that outdoor appliances don’t come into contact with pools or puddles of water.

How To Replace A Fuse

If it happen to you on game day, here are tips on how to replace a fuse. Open the box and push the main electricity switch into the “off” position. Identify the fuse that needs to be replaced; it’s usually the one that’s in the “off” position when all the others are on. Check for electrical current to the damaged fuse by setting your multimeter to “Volt AC.” Rest one pin on the terminal screw of the faulty fuse and the other on the ground screw. The reading should show no voltage. Otherwise stop and call an electrician.

Remove the circuit breaker fuse, which will stay connected to either one or two wires. Detach these by loosening the terminal screws. Take a picture with your phone so you’ll be able to remember which color wire attaches to which end of the fuse later.

It’s important to replace the blown fuse with a fuse that has the same amperage. Then rewire and insert the new fuse by setting it to the “off” position and inserting the original wires into the terminals of the new fuse.

Tighten the retaining screws with a screwdriver and push the new fuse back into its socket. Flip the lever switch on and then switch the circuit breaker fuse box back on and replace the box cover. Go team!

Preventing these safety mishaps in your home can help you enjoy the game and keep your home running smoothly. AHS home warranties offer coverage of major components of many home systems, including your electrical system, and this coverage picks up where your homeowners insurance policy leaves off. The AHS Home Warranty Plan provides broad coverage of many common electrical malfunctions.

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