Vacuum Cleaners have become a necessity to keeping a house free from dust and dirt. But one should be cautious about how they are used says a 40+ year old renown Residential Cleaning company in Evanston, Il. They are sophisticated electrical appliances that can be very dangerous if not used correctly. The following are suggestions for Vacuum Cleaner Safety from Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook.

1. Keep hair, loose clothing, and body parts away from openings, rotating brushes, and other moving parts of the vacuum cleaner. 

2. Do not use a vacuum designed for household use outdoors or on a wet surface.

3. Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes from the fireplace.

4. Turn off the vacuum before plugging it in or unplugging it.

5. Avoid picking up hard, sharp objects, such as paper clips. These will cut or stop the belt from turning.

6. Turn off the appliance before connecting or disconnecting the hose.

7. Do not pull or carry a vacuum cleaner by the cord, use the cord as a handle, or use the appliance if the cord or plug is damaged.

8. Use an extension cord with the proper wattage or amp rating. Many typical thin cords are not appropriate for powerful vacuums and can pose a fire hazard.

Following these precautions when you vacuum, will cause far fewer accidents, suggests the Premier Cleaning Service on the North Shore of Chicago.

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