Toaster Vs. Toaster Oven Fire Hazards

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Introduction
  • Introduction

    Toaster Vs. Toaster Oven Fire Hazards

    Toaster and toaster ovens should never get wet. To make sure the small appliance stays dry, do not place it near the sink or on a window sill where condensation develops. Shut off these small appliances after use. If there is an electrical fire, unplug the toaster or toaster oven. If the fire does not go out, shut the circuit breaker off to the kitchen. Never try to put out an electrical fire with water. Call the fire brigade to make sure the fire is out if it was caused by the power source.

    Toasters can short out, not shut off and cause a house fire. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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    Toaster

    Toasters not shutting off after use have resulted in several recalls. This is a serious fire hazard. There have been no injuries or fires reported with these recalls, but the potential is there for serious injury or loss of life. Unlike the toaster oven, the two- and four-slice toaster does not have a kick-off switch. If a toaster does not shut off, it just keeps getting hotter.

    Some toasters get hot on the outside. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

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    Toaster Oven

    A safety feature on a toaster oven is a kick-off switch if the oven gets too hot or stays on too long. Recalls for toaster ovens are usually for exploding. Toaster ovens are prone to explosion of the glass door. When the tempered glass explodes, shards of hot glass fly into the air; the shards of glass can cause severe injury including third degree burns. Toaster ovens have some built-in safety features unlike a toaster. They have an automatic shut off option. The toaster oven shuts off automatically when the door is in the down position as another safety feature. Some toaster ovens are cool to the touch when in use, helping to reduce fire hazards.

    A toaster oven is a common kitchen small appliance. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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    Plugs

    On both the toaster and the toaster oven, a frayed cord is a fire hazard. An extension cord that is longer than 3 feet and not a three-pronged plug is unsafe. Always be aware of pungent odours and smoke when using an extension cord on a toaster or toaster oven. These sensory warning signs help prevent fires. Do not create electrical spiders in your outlets. An electrical spider occurs when you plug multiple small appliances into the same outlet. This is a fire hazard. Read warning labels and the timer directions for the toaster oven and toaster. Operating your small appliance responsibly and according to instructions reduces fire hazards.

    Frayed plugs are a fire hazard. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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    Cleaning

    Keep the toaster and toaster oven clean of crumbs and grease. Never insert a buttered piece of bread into the toaster; the butter is a fire hazard when close to a red hot element. Keep all combustible items away from the toaster oven to prevent a fire hazard. Not every toaster oven or toaster has a no-heat exterior. Paper and cardboard can catch on fire by touching the hot exterior of these small appliances. Wipe out grease from the inside of the toaster oven and remove all crumbs from both small appliances. Crumbs and grease can catch on fire at red hot temperatures.

    Dirty toasters catch on fire. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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