Reduce the risk: unplug small appliances when not in use

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fire safety is paramount throughout the home, especially in the kitchen when working with small appliances. Leduc Fire Services is reaching out to citizens online to raise awareness on the importance of keeping small appliances unplugged when not in use.

“We’re asking people to be mindful of any small appliance that produces heat, such as toasters, microwaves, countertop kettles and portable dishwashers, as they should always remain unplugged when they’re not in use,” says Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Kelly, with Leduc Fire Services. “This also includes irons and hair styling tools, like hair dryers, curling irons, flattening irons, etc.”

Leduc Fire offers a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • If there is no power, it won’t cause a fire. Keep items unplugged unless in use
  • Always check for recalls on the product
  • Inspect your small appliances, including the cords, for anything out of the ordinary
  • Maintain and care for your appliances, this includes the cords
  • Test ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection anywhere water and power are within six feet of each other
  • Only use approved appliances. For example, items marked Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC)
  • Follow the instructions on your small appliances
  • Extension cords aren’t to be used as permanent power sources
  • Don’t overload your electrical outlets

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“Many people rely on appliances that have an automatic shut-off feature, however sometimes those don’t always work and that appliance becomes a fire hazard,” says Kelly.

For more information, visit the Officer of the Alberta Fire Commission or follow Leduc Fire on, Twitter (@LeducFire) or call 780-980-7177.

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Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at, and Twitter (@LeducFire).

Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications