How can I use my fridge or freezer safely?

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Always ensure that the area you are placing the refrigerator is free of paper or other flammable materials, and make sure there is enough room behind the refrigerator for air to circulate freely

Answered by Rupert, Electrical Safety Expert

Always ensure that the area you are placing the refrigerator is free of paper or other flammable materials, and make sure there is enough room behind the refrigerator for air to circulate freely.

Don’t connect a fridge to the electricity supply until all packaging has been removed.

Never block the interior or exterior ventilation openings of the refrigerator.

Make sure you don’t trap the mains cable beneath the fridge when putting it in position.

Don’t use the fridge outdoors or anywhere it is likely to come into contact with the elements.

Don’t place a refrigerator near cookers, radiators, or in direct sunlight, as this will result in it having to work harder to maintain the required internal temperature.

Defrost your freezer at least once a year to ensure these appliances continue to work properly. Clean behind your fridge and freezer regularly to keep lint and dust from building up. Do not use a heater to defrost the inside of the freezer.

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