Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 12/20/2012 1:07 PM
If you’re reading this, then apparently we’ve all survived the end of the world. Since we’re all still around we should probably start those New Year’s resolutions after all. I’d start off with simple stuff like filling in the schedule that you left blank past the 20th. There are a lot of things that you could do differently going into 2013. For one, you could start reading our blogs since they’re full of marvelous information! Plus, we have a fantastic Facebook page that you could “Like” and a Twitter feed that we tweet on like it’s our job... because it is.  We are an appliance repair company first and foremost but our job is to provide a quality service to our customers and in doing so, we have learned a LOT about appliances and have a great deal of information that could help you save money. We are extremely thankful for our customers and those of you who have given us repeat business and recommend us to your friends. Thank you for your business in 2012 and we promise to continue to provide the best...
By Laura on 12/20/2012 1:03 PM
As we are cartwheeling into the holiday season, make sure you aren’t putting yourself or others in danger. As we get busy, we sometimes overlook potential hazards and sometimes misusing appliances or not being conscious of the potential hazards if neglected and cause serious bodily harm. Please take a minute to read these quick tips for safety’s sake and have a wonderful holiday season! Never turn on appliances and leave them unattended. If you are taking off for several days, don’t fire up your dryer or rush cooking something and forget to turn off your oven! Double-check that every major appliance (except refrigerators) are turned off before taking off on trips. Even washers can be a potential hazard as they could potentially flood if left unattended. Turn off your main water valve! As you’re decorating, keep in mind what could cause safety hazards. Lights and decorations can be beautiful but make sure you’re not hanging anything flammable over the stove. Avoid putting any decorations over the cooking surface if possible and only put non-flammable decorations on top of the stove....
By Laura on 12/17/2012 6:26 AM
When we get into a cooking project, it’s not uncommon to lose sight of some simple things that could be potentially dangerous like leaving a burner on after we’re done using it or worse. There are a lot of things you should be sure to not overlook when it comes to safety in the kitchen. Here are a few that come to mind: While you’re cooking, make sure the handles of pots and pans are turned inwards to avoid hitting them or bumping them and knocking them off the stove. Only use potholders that are dry. If one gets wet or gets cooking oil on it, put it somewhere you won’t accidentally use it. If you grab a scorching hot item with a wet potholder, the liquid can transfer the heat right to your hand as if you weren’t even using a potholder! When moving boiling liquids, be extremely careful to avoid splashing.  This may seem straightforward but take the time to make sure your path to where you’re moving something to is clear so there’s no way you could trip or bump anything causing you to drop or splash the liquids....
By Laura on 12/10/2012 6:16 AM
Microwaves can make quick work of many things you need to cook. Unfortunately, they can also start fires very quickly if you’re not careful. Metal objects in the microwave can spark and start fires very easily so never use aluminum foil or metal objects. Be careful that even your coffee mugs don’t have any metal accents or anything that could set off a fire when you’re heating your coffee. Only use microwave safe containers and dishes in the microwave to avoid melting or breaking. Melting plastic can cause spills but hard containers that aren’t capable of withstanding rapid temperature changes could not only rupture in the microwave but even worse could rupture when cold air hits it as you open the door.  When you open containers, make sure you open them away from your face so no hot contents pop up into your face including any hot steam. This as well as using a hot pad to handle the container should help you avoid burns. ...
By Laura on 12/3/2012 6:08 AM
Cooking is the number one cause of house fires. Most of us have sat around a bonfire at some point roasting marshmallows and chatting. Fires are great when they’re somewhere they’re supposed to be and are kept contained. If you’ve ever had something ignite in your home then you know this doesn’t bring any of those good feelings. Oven fires are extremely dangerous and unfortunately more common than most of us want to admit. Sometimes all it takes is leaving something on a heater coil that boiled over from the last baking project and the bottom of your oven erupts into flame when you open the door. The most important safety advice is to never leave cooking unattended. At the very least, check on what you’re cooking every 20 – 30 minutes and never leave the house while anything is cooking. Turn off any cooking appliance as soon as you’re done cooking to make sure you don’t forget to. Keep appliances clean and wipe all surfaces of any debris from spills or crumbles. Be particularly diligent in keeping your oven...
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