People often make dumb mistakes, when it comes to the use of kitchen appliances and tools. Now, often I’ve heard people talking about putting metal tools inside a toaster.
In the passage of time I’ve figured out a few solutions to it. Let me tell you first how to make a toaster work.
Inside a toaster the electric colis are present which turns red hot when electricity passes through them.
As soon as the coils turn red, your toast is done. The coils inside a toaster are not insulators, as the ones you must have seen in case of a stove or oven.
The coils run live electricity in it, but there is nothing to be scared of as the coils are completely enclosed by the body of the toaster.
However, I think you must have got an idea how the toaster works.
Subsequently, poking your toaster with a fork or any metal tools to take out the toast stucked, can pose a lot of danger.
The metal piece can act as a conductor to electrocute you within a minute.
In case, your toaster has a circuit breaker or is grounded it might pose more danger and can cause serious injury.
However, sticking a metal fork or knife into a toaster can be dumb idea and result in fatal shock.
It might be a good idea if I unplug the toaster and use a fork to take my toast out?
What if my toaster is unplugged?
Always remember, whenever you are enacting any metal appliance to your toaster whether it is unplugged or plugged, you are posing a threat to your life. Let me explain how it can be fatal.
The toaster is switched off, and you poked it with a fork.
As a result the thin element in the heating system is broken or bent which will zap you the second you turn on the toaster.
This is because you have energised the toaster and it is completely loaded with electricity.
However, many might think it is the safest way to poke your toaster when it is turned off. It is indeed, but you have to be very careful when inserting any foreign objects.
Just a gentle poke around the edges of the toaster can release the toast.
You should not touch the tip of the fork right after pulling it out from the toaster.
This is because the toaster can heat up the fork as you are jamming in the toaster.
Can a fork damage the toaster?
The second frequently asked question, can sticking a fork damage my toaster?
Yes, if you push or force whatsoever into your toaster it might get damaged.
The thin wiring system can be broken and your toaster might stop working. Most of the toasters have their wiring coated with Mica. Mica is a substance which acts as an insulator.
This is very thin and brittle, so if you tend to force any metal objects including a fork can break the coat apart and the underneath wiring can get damaged which also might give you a fatal shock when in contact with your body.
As the time passes you will find your toaster to be deteriorating the best functions and becoming harmful to use.
Making it unsafe to put the fork poking in the toaster.
Using a plastic fork instead of a metal is also not a good idea.
This is because the toaster is too hot to melt the fork down.
The plastic might not pass the electricity but can harm your toaster to a great extent. If you want to cool it down and use the fork, you can do it but until and unless you want to have a cold toast.
Steps to remove jammed toast from the toaster.
The steps are simple. The toaster will not be damaged nor you will be zapped.
If you find that any piece or a toast is stuck inside your toaster and you need to take it out immediately then at first, switch off the main switch of the toaster and not just switch off the button on a toaster.
It might happen that the current is still passing in your toaster, take any wooden blunt object and push the toast out through the bottom after opening the crumb tray.
This will make the toast come out easily.
In case you have a higher model and this process is not valid. Take a butter knife and gently poke into the edges of your toaster so that the toast would loosen up and instantly pop up.
Remember to use a butter knife and not a fork.
It is always advised that to let the toaster cool for sometime and then to use any non metal, blunt object to release the stuck toast out of it.
Always be gentle while taking out the jammed food from the toaster to prevent any harm to you or your family.
You can try out a lot of experiments but as a result you turn out to get shocking results.
The toaster is not a child’s play, if you think it is hard for you to repair, take it to the nearby repair shop and ask them to fix it. Trust me, it will not cost you much.
It is a better option than to damage your toaster and create a mess.
A toaster has many styles of inner wiring and coating which is very brittle or thin and can be easily broken if you do not care about it.
A small damage and it might cause a short circuit or make your house blaze in fire.
Definitely you will not want this to happen.
In a short conclusion.
In short, let’s not make our lives difficult and do stupid experiments on a toaster.
It is advisable not to use a sharp knife or fork to pop your toast up. Let the machine cool and then if you want you can use a blunt near to plastic material. It is better to use blunt wooden tools gently to get the jammed food out.
Make sure not to damage the wiring in a toaster, this might cause greater hazards in the end.