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Safe Usage Guidelines
  •  Check appliance cords for frays, broken plugs or damaged wires. They can cause electrical shocks or fires.
  • Stay away from water while using an electric appliance: you could be electrocuted. Wash an appliance in water only if the manufacturer's directions specify to do so.
  • If an electric appliance falls into the water, unplug it before you retrieve it, even if it is turned off.
  • When using an electric appliance with removable cords, always connect the cord to the appliance first, then plug it into the wall outlet. To disconnect the appliance, unplug it from the wall outlet first, and then disconnect the appliance cord.
  • Disconnect all appliances by pulling the plug directly from the socket. Do not pull on the appliance cord. You could damage it.
  • Don't overload electric outlets.
  • Unplug your iron and other appliances when not in use.
  • Make sure appliance cords do not come in contact with hot surfaces.