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There are different ways to protect our appliances. One of the most effective ways is by purchasing an AVR in the Philippines – it protects all plugged in electronic devices, even the most sensitive ones, from electrical surges.

Electrical surge is just one of the many problems that you should protect your appliances from. When devices are not maintained properly, it poses a risk of fire. Keep your appliances – and in turn, your house, loved ones, and self – safe by taking the necessary precautions needed to prevent your appliance from catching fire.


Watch Out For Sparks

Sometimes, an electrical problem might manifest itself through sparks. If you notice that one of your appliances sparks or shocks you upon plugging or unplugging, contact your electrician immediately. More often than not the electrical problem can be fixed easily. In some cases though you’ll have to let go your appliance and purchase a new one instead. If your appliance is deemed irreparable by the professionals, don’t hesitate to replace it for any reason. It might be costly but it is a safer alternative than continuing to use the potentially hazardous old device.

Install Smoke Alarms and Fire Extinguisher

There are instances when we fail to notice that something might be wrong with our appliances. That’s why it’s important to install smoke alarms in every bedroom and every floor of the house. It’s not enough to be able to detect that something might be burning though; you also need something to put out the possible fire. Aside from smoke alarms, purchase fire extinguishers and install them in every floor of your home.

Keep Appliances Away From Water

One of the most obvious ways to prevent appliance fires is by keeping your appliances away from water. This means that you should place your devices away from wet areas in the house like the bathroom and kitchen. Also, avoid stocking or using them in areas where water might accumulate such as garages or basements. If you still want or need to place an appliance in the kitchen – like the blender or microwave, for example – just make sure that you keep them away from the sink or other easily wet areas.

Inspect Wiring

If your house’s wiring is old, have it inspected. There are cases wherein an old house’s electrical wiring is unable to handle modern appliances. You might have to upgrade your home’s electrical wiring to avoid any problems. Although this might be expensive, it’s better than falling victim to appliance fire.

Inspect Power and Extension Cords

Always look out for frayed cords because they can be dangerous. If you see that your power or extension cords are damaged, dispose of it and find a replacement. Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs because the trapped heat may cause your appliance to overheat. Lastly, prevent overloading your extension cords by plugging in too many different appliances and extension cables all at once.


Appliance fires can not only destroy devices, it can also turn your house into ash. Start the year right by taking the necessary precautions listed above to keep you and your appliances safe from fire for the rest of the year.

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No, we’re not talking about turning cars into robots. A step-down transformer is one whose secondary voltage is smaller than the primary voltage, but whose secondary current is greater than the primary current, as seen in the diagram below. The greater current makes up for the smaller voltage, giving the same wattage as the original. The step-up transformer, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of the step-down transformer. Its secondary voltage is greater than its primary voltage.

How are the voltage levels transformed?

When electricity is introduced into the transformer, it runs through the coils of wire wound around the iron core. In the diagram, the wire is composed of 50 turns. The core is then magnetized, which results in the electricity being transferred to the other coil of wire. And since in the diagram, the wire only has 10 turns, the voltage will turn out to be smaller. In the step-up transformer, the counterpart of the step-down transformer, the opposite happens, wherein the primary coil has less turns than the secondary coil.

Why do we need transformers?

These are built to make the voltage supply compatible with the voltage requirement of the appliance. Step-down transformers “step down” the voltage supply to match the smaller voltage requirement of the appliance.

Transformer Step-down Box TypeTo your left is an example of a typical transformer used at home or in the office. As you can see, it has both step-up and step-down functions in one device. Typically, the voltages used in most homes and offices are 110V and 220V; as a result, the typical step-up or step-down transformer switches between 110V and 220V.

Check the labels for the proper voltages

Even though most appliances operate under these voltages, you still have to be careful when plugging in your appliances. Always check the labels for the proper voltages, and of course, the labels of the transformers before you purchase them. You don’t want to end up buying, or worse, using the wrong transformer. If you have any trouble determining these things, it is always a good idea to consult a technician, or even the clerk of your hardware store. They are well trained and well educated with these things so as to help as much customers as they can. It is, after all, better to be aware of these things than be ill informed and then end up in trouble. Bottom line is: be careful.

Final note

As a final note, another good thing about transformers, besides the fact that they appropriate the voltage supply to the voltage requirement so as not to blow anything up, is that they have long life expectancies, if taken care or maintained properly. So make sure to invest in a transformer that you know will serve you well!

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Usually, people get worried only about the things they could see and smell. At home, our nightmares include liquefied petroleum gas leaks, which we detect right away because of the smell, fire and robbers simply because it is very obvious.

What we miss is the fact that sometimes, there are things that may not be too apparent but are still too harmful for everyone’s health at home. Carbon monoxide poisoning is one good example. And the truth is that carbon monoxide can actually be emitted by some home appliances we use in our daily lives. But before we talk about these home appliances, let us know first what carbon monoxide is.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless gas. It is also odorless yet it is very toxic. Carbon monoxide is emitted by incomplete combustion fuel, be it solid, liquid, or gas. It has been notorious for its properties since it can really be deadly despite the fact that it is hard to be detected.

In houses for instance, it is really hard to say whether there is already some carbon monoxide emission around. And what is even more frightening is the fact that when the amount of emission increases, it can actually reach a level that could kill people.

Now that we already know what carbon monoxide it and how it is generated, then let us know which home appliances could possibly generate carbon monoxide. They are the following:

kitchen ranges1.        Room heaters

Usually used during cold seasons, room heaters use the air inside the room in the heating process and then vent the air out after the procedure. Then, the air that is vented out just stays inside the room. And if not installed properly, room heaters can actually give off carbon monoxide.

2.       Furnaces

Dirty and defective furnaces can lead to carbon monoxide emission. When a furnace is dirty while operating, the engine exerts more effort. And this makes the furnace prone to damage. And yes, a damaged furnace can emit carbon monoxide.

3.       Kitchen or cooking ranges

Kitchen ranges with poor combustion can also produce carbon monoxide. This also becomes possible when there is no sufficient ventilation inside the kitchen while, say the gas range or oven, is running.

4.       Water heaters

Similar to room heaters, water heaters can produce carbon monoxide if there is no ventilation while they are working.

5.       Charcoal burners

It is always advisable not to burn charcoal inside the house even if they look extinguished. This also applies to tents and any closed area. This is because the burning of charcoal can actually emit carbon monoxide and breathing it in inside closed spaces can be really dangerous.

Carbon monoxide, indeed, is a silent killer. This is why we have to be more careful and vigilant inside own homes.

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