Beware! Refrigerators are not always safe

The refrigerator at a Springfield-area business is about to get a bath. Employees at the firm were not sure the last time somebody had cleaned the refrigerator properly.

The refrigerator at a Springfield-area business is about to get a bath. Employees at the firm were not sure the last time somebody had cleaned the refrigerator properly.

By Lura Bishop

Imagine this fridge: On the top shelf leftovers from spaghetti to ribs that have been there for two months are just piled on top of each other and surrounded by other gross left overs. The second shelf consists of old apples, bananas, and pears, withered and are rotting. On the bottom shelf sits containers of soy sauce and spaghetti jars that leaked out, along with the juice from the rotting fruit above shelf.

When you think of refrigerators you usually think of food, not how gross or dangerous they can be. So what if I told you that what lurks behind closed doors could be bad for you?

Crystal Stine of Ozarks Technical Community College, Middle College office shared her story of a gross refrigerator incident with her church fridge.

“We had just gotten a new freezer before Thanksgiving,” Stein said. “We plugged it in so it could cool down to the right temperature.”

Upon their return Stein and her fellow mates smelt a horrendous smell from inside the church. As they open the door the stench grows more profound.

The freezer containing all the turkey had been unplugged and the food thawed leaving a terrible smell and a gigantic mess to clean.

Now think about this, your neighbor next door might have dead cats stored in her fridge as seen on an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive.

Sometimes refrigerators can be good but sometimes they are that good. Just remember to clean out your fridge regularly.

There are potential health hazards with refrigerators such as food poisoning, environmental problems and not being at the right temperature.

In a 2012 article on his website, Dr. Barkat Charania writes that refrigerators and freezers are conveniences and that people need to use them with care.

“These appliances use chemicals like hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) or hydro-fluorocarbons (HFC) as coolant” Charania said. “These cause environmental hazard by depletion of ozone layer. These chemicals may also seep into drinking water if not dumped properly.”

Refrigerators can even fall over, Charania said.

“Risks of accidents are rare but they do happen. The examples of such risks are accidental tipping the fridge by young children and crushing them when they try and hang on to its handle.”

Not only can you have a gross fridge, you can have a fridge fall on you if you are not being careful. Just be careful with what you do with a fridge because in the long run it could harm you.

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