Revealed: the perils of leaving an appliance on

Revealed: the perils of leaving an appliance on


Posted 3rd Sep 2018

Have you ever gone out and then had to come back to check whether you've left an appliance on?

If so, you're not alone, as it was revealed 38% of people are putting their home at risk by leaving potentially hazardous appliances switched on as they dash out.

The study, conducted by Lightwave, found Brits should slow down and double-check the state they leave their homes in when they head out, as it was found 49% of people end up panicking or worrying about having left a hazardous item, such as the hob, an iron or a tap, switched on after leaving.

While some of us charge around frantically double-checking before we go, 46% of Brits have said they leave the windows unlocked, while 23% will leave them physically open after leaving the house unattended.

The most commonly left on appliances are:

1. Hair straighteners (27%)

2. Oven (11%)

3. Tap (10%)

4. Iron (6%)

5. Hob (4%)

To get around this, 30% of anxious Brits will call on a friend to check their windows and doors are shut properly. However, 10% of Brits end up facing more severe consequences, having to change their plans after missing out on a plane, train or bus as they have left items switched on and had to go and check.

The worst-affected age group are 18-24 year olds, with 22% missing an important form of public transport due to this.

Leaving hair straighteners switched on can pose a fire risk, as they can reach a temperature that exceeds that of a deep fat-fryer - this is a risk if there isn't an 'automatic switch-off' function.

On top of the fire and flood-damage risks, being concerned about burglaries are also high. The risk would be counteracted by leaving lights on a timer or the curtains open or closed, to deter thefts.






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