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We Have Safety Guidelines For

Appliance

Appliance

  • Always make sure the appliance you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear, eye goggles, and face masks – especially when dealing with sharp parts.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the appliance so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Do not remove the ground wire from the appliance – especially from a three-prong power cord.
  • Address wires that are torn, frayed, or damaged first, before beginning your repair.
  • If disassembling a large component of an appliance, make sure to brace larger panels when undoing bolts and screws to avoid harm.
  • Do not use extension cords to power major appliances.
  • If performing a voltage test in the course of your repair, make sure to disconnect the power source after the test is complete.
  • All major appliances must have their own grounded electrical circuit.
  • Use a wiring diagram to ensure that all wires are reinstalled correctly.
BBQ

BBQ

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Always make sure to turn off the gas for any gas-powered products before starting your repair.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear or eye goggles.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the BBQ or grill so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Wait for grill to cool before cleaning or attempting any repairs.
  • Do not apply wax to the dome or lid of a gas or charcoal grill as it can be flammable.
  • Disconnect electric grills from supply circuits before attempting maintenance.
  • Do not immerse grill or temperature controller in water when cleaning.
  • Check with manufacturer before building or sliding grill into outdoor kitchen structures.
  • Do not use cleaning products intended for kitchen use on your barbecue such as products that contain citrus, acid, or mineral spirits.
Heating & Cooling

Heating & Cooling

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear, eye goggles, ear protection, and face masks.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • Do not wear jewelry or clothing with metal zippers when working near electrical panels.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the piece of equipment so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • If using a stepladder to access heating and cooling products, make sure the ladder is stable. Face the ladder at all times and keep your hands free of items while climbing the ladder.
  • Make sure to store compressed gas cylinders in an upright position.
  • Do not place compressed gas cylinders against electrical panels, live electrical cords, or chemicals labeled "corrosive".
Lawn & Garden

Lawn & Garden

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Always make sure to turn off the gas for any gas-powered products before starting your repair.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear, eye goggles, ear protection, and face masks – especially when dealing with blades or loud powered-equipment.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the piece of equipment so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Turn off and unplug equipment before making any adjustments to accessories or parts.
  • Because many outdoor power equipment products require oil, be careful not to perform a repair or operate your equipment while smoking or near open flames or sparks.
  • Remove the spark plug while working on equipment.
  • Use proper ventilation when using solvents and testing equipment.
Patio & Yard

Patio & Yard

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear, or eye goggles.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the piece of equipment so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Make sure your patio furniture is locked in a secure position before you attempt to move it.
  • Allow outdoor heaters to cool before touching, moving, or covering.
  • Make sure the ventilation openings of an outdoor heater are clear and are not obstructing air flow.
  • Only refuel kerosene camping lanterns when they are cool.
  • When retracting or closing an awning, make sure hands and body parts are clear of the area where the awning’s arms will “pinch”.
Power Tool

Power Tool

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear, eye goggles, ear protection, and face masks – especially when dealing with blades, air tools or loud-powered equipment.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the power tool so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Turn off and unplug tools before making any adjustments to accessories or parts.
  • Replace damaged or worn cords before using your tool.
  • Do not attempt to repair a power tool in the presence of open flame, sparks, or flammable liquids, gases, or dust.
  • Remove battery packs from cordless tools before attempting any repair.
  • Make sure the tool’s power switch is in the off position before plugging it back in.
  • Do not perform tasks such as welding that could produce sparks within 50 feet of containers labeled “flammable” or “combustible”.
  • When working on power tools, only use tools for their intended purpose.
  • Replace missing or defective guards on tools.
Small Appliance

Small Appliance

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Always make sure to turn off the gas for any gas-powered products before starting your repair.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear or eye goggles.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the small appliance so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • Make sure the device is both unplugged and turned off before beginning to work on it.
  • Ensure your small appliance has cooled before beginning to work on it.
  • If there is any danger of contacting line-connected circuits, use an isolation transformer.
  • Keep your work area away from any possible grounds that you may come in contact with.
Vacuum

Vacuum

  • Always make sure the product you are repairing is turned off and the power is disconnected.
  • Always make sure to turn off the gas for any gas-powered products before starting your repair.
  • Make sure to plan your repair in advance and ensure you fully understand all steps.
  • Wear any necessary protective gear such as gloves, footwear or eye goggles.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry that could be snagged during the repair.
  • As you disassemble the parts of your product, clean any components that are dirty to help avoid future part failures.
  • Keep track of the order in which you dissemble the vacuum so that you don’t forget to reinstall any component, rendering the equipment unsafe.
  • If you get a shock from the vacuum, turn it off and inspect the cord before turning it back on.
  • Wear a face mask to avoid inhaling dust and debris.
  • After use, make sure steamers, vacuums, and buffers have cooled before inspecting the product for a repair.
  • If accessing the underside or bottom, make sure the device is positioned securely so that it does not slip during the repair.