Crock-Pots and other slow cookers are generally pretty safe.  But after pulling yours out of storage and dusting it off, you should inspect it for any potential safety hazards.                                                                                                         

Check the Hardware                                                                            

  • Maybe you haven’t used in it in a while or you picked up a used one at a yard sale.  Check the legs, handles, and lid for tightness.  You want to make sure the hardware is completely secure to avoid any potential safety hazards when handling hot food.                                                     

Check the electrical connection

  • Thoroughly inspect the slow cooker’s electric cord, from the base of the body to the plug.  If you notice any fraying or broken electrical cords, don’t use the cooker before repairing it.  Frayed wiring can cause a short circuit, and this poses a fire hazard. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, crock-pots are involved in an average of 150 home structure fires per year. 

Our agency just recently experienced a client who was cooking in their crock-pot and left their home for just a short time.  When she returned home, she found that the crock-pot caused a kitchen fire resulting in fire, water, and smoke damage to her home.  Fortunately she had coverage for damage done to her home. 

Have questions on home insurance coverage?  Give our agency a call at 716-631-0190.


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