Guide to Appliances - Newcastle University

Guide to Appliances - Newcastle University
Guide to Appliances
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Guide to appliances
Contents
Oven and Hob
A safe guide to using appliances
• To turn on the oven or hob turn the power on at the wall beside
the oven or hob then turn on the oven or hob to the desired setting
as recommended by temperature or cooking guides.
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Oven and Hob
2Microwave
3 Refrigerator and Freezer
4 Food Safety
6Kettle
7Toaster
8 Vacuum Cleaner
9Shower
10 Water Heater
11 Storage Heater
12 Electric Wall Heater
Remember never to leave the oven or hob unattended
when in use.
• Switch on the extractor fan when using the oven or hob and keep
communal fire doors closed when cooking.
• Take care when removing food from the hob or oven. Always use
an oven glove or tongs when using the oven or grill. Do not lean over
the hob when it is on and never store anything on top of the hob
or drape tea towels etc over it.
• Always turn the power off at the socket before cleaning. After using
the oven or hob let it cool down then wipe with a damp cloth. You can
test the temperature by waving your hand carefully at a height over
the top of the hob. The oven has self cleaning sides but the back,
door, bottom and shelves must be cleaned.
• Don’t use abrasive pads on the hob, supermarket brands of cleaners
are acceptable. Follow the manufacturers instructions. Floor protection
is recommended when cleaning.
• The cleanliness of the oven and hob will be checked by staff on
a regular basis.
Hobs and ovens which have not been cleaned after each
use are the most common cause of the fire alarm activating
and fires.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
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Microwave
Refrigerator and Freezer
• The microwave should be on a flat stable surface.
• Never place objects on top of the microwave or cover the ventilation slots.
• To cook press the door release handle and place the food on a suitable
microwave plate or dish and put it on the rotating turntable, then close
the door.
• Do not heat anything metallic (including metal decoration on crockery)
inside the microwave and take care to remove packaging from ready
meals in accordance with instructions.
• Set the desired power level using the power control.
• Set the timer. For less than 2 minutes turn the timer to 3 minutes
and then back to the desired time.
• The microwave is operating when the light comes on and the turntable
starts rotating.
• To stop the microwave temporarily, open the door. To do so permanently
set the timer to zero.
• Leave cooked food to stand for time recommended as it is still cooking
when taken out of microwave.
• If defrosting set the power to defrost then set the timer remembering that
defrosting takes longer than cooking. Turn the food at least once, meat
is defrosted once a fork or skewer can be pushed through the centre.
• Monitor the microwave whilst in use, particularly when using disposable
containers.
• The temperature dial of the refrigerator and freezer should be set
at position 2 or 3. Freezers have a fast freeze setting which is used
after the freezer has been switched off or defrosted and needs cooling
quickly. This setting should only be used for an hour and then re-set
to position 2 or 3.
• Leave space between foods in order that air may circulate.
• Always let pre-cooked food cool down before placing in the refrigerator
or freezer.
• When storing frozen food always look at the storage guidelines on
the packaging. You will be able to store each item of frozen food for the
period shown against the star rating.
• It is best practice to keep cooked meats on a shelf above raw meats to
avoid bacterial transfer, however, meats should be stored separately on
plates and covered.
• Keep the inside of the refrigerator clean by wiping down with a weak
solution of washing up liquid or bicarbonate of soda taking care to avoid
the thermostat and light, remember to wipe the door seals. Rinse with
warm water not hot then dry with a clean cloth.
• Keep the defrost water channel at the back of the refrigerator clear, if the
pipe becomes blocked it can be cleared by inserting a thin wire into the
pipe at the bottom of the channel.
If smoke or a fire occurs in the microwave leave the door closed
to stifle the flames, switch off at the socket if possible.
Do not open the door until smoke or flames have ceased.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
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Food Safety
Guide to appliances
Be aware
of the star
system
Prepare food as
near to meal times
as possible.
• Dispose of old food.
• Store raw food separately from cooked food.
• Uncooked meat should be stored underneath cooked food on a plate
or in a container.
The temperature
should be between
2–5 centigrade.
• Eat food by the “use by” date especially soft cheeses, meat, fish
and shellfish.
• Opened cans and jars should be stored in the fridge once opened.
• Make sure poultry, meat, fish and eggs are cooked all the way through.
Prepare food as near to meal times as possible.
• Keep the refrigerator controls set to the lowest number on the temperature
dial. The safest temperature is between 2–5 degrees centigrade.
• Be aware of the star system for your freezer compartments and freezer.
Food will keep for:
less than 1 week
less than 1 month
less than 3 months
Don’t get food poisoning.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
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Eat food by its use
by date especially
soft cheeses, meat
fish, and shellfish.
Store raw food
separately from
cooked food.
It is best practice to
keep cooked meats
on a shelf above
raw meats to avoid
bacterial transfer,
however, meats
should be stored
separately on plates
and covered.
Make sure poultry,
meat, fish and eggs
are cooked all the
way through.
Dispose of old food.
Store cans and jars
in the fridge once
opened.
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Food can go off rapidly if left out in a warm environment for too long.
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Kettle
Toaster
• Position the kettle safely on a stable surface away from heat and
wet conditions.
• The toaster should be positioned on a stable surface away from heat
and wet conditions. Never place on a hob, metal surface, gas burner
or under overhanging wall units.
• Fill the kettle through the lid or spout. To open the lid, press the
release button.
• Ensure the kettle is filled between the Min and Max mark.
Do not over fill the kettle.
• Plug into the socket using dry hands.
• Press the on/off switch to boil. The kettle is on when the switch is lit.
• Once boiled the kettle will switch off and the light will go out automatically.
The kettle can be switched off manually at any time.
• When cleaning the kettle disconnect from the socket and allow it to
cool down.
• Do not immerse any part of the kettle in water and ensure that all
connection switches and sockets are kept dry.
• When in use never leave the toaster unattended.
• Select the desired level of browning using the control button. Place
the bread into the slots and depress the carriage lever noting that the
lever will only stay down when the toaster is plugged in and switched
on. The bread will automatically pop up when brown, however you can
interrupt the process by pressing the cancel button.
• The crumb tray will need to be emptied regularly. Do this when the
toaster has cooled down and been disconnected from socket but do
not operate the toaster without replacing the tray.
• Always disconnect the toaster from the mains when cleaning and allow
cooling before handling. To clean wipe the toaster externally with a soft
damp cloth and mild detergent.
• Clean with a soft damp cloth using detergent if necessary for minor stains.
• Do not immerse any part of the toaster in water and ensure connections
switches and sockets are kept dry.
• Abrasive cleaners must not be used as these can damage the surface
of the kettle.
• Never use a brush or push your fingers or metal objects down the slots
of the toaster.
• Do not allow excessive scale to build up in the kettle. When necessary
remove the scale from the inside of the kettle using a kettle descaler
that is suitable for plastic products and follow the manufacturers
instructions carefully.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
• Your toaster is for toasting bread, crumpets etc only. Under no circumstances
should sandwiches or toppings be placed in the toaster.
Burnt toast is one of the most common causes of activating
the Fire Alarm.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
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Guide to appliances
Vacuum Cleaner
Shower
• The vacuum is for DRY USE only and must not be stored outside
or in wet conditions.
• For an electric shower; check that the power is on at the mains isolator
switch, usually a pull cord next to the shower.
• Do not use the vacuum to suck up water or liquid of any description.
• Turn the flow lever anticlockwise until the desired force of water is obtained.
It is important that the flow knob is fully open to prevent variation in the
hot water supply temperature.
• Keep hoses and tubes clear and do not store next to a heater or radiator
as this will melt the hose.
• Do not allow the rotation brushes to come into contact with the supply cord.
• If the shower has been used recently, run the water through for a few
seconds to let the temperature settle down. You may initially get a burst
of very hot water from the unit.
• The plug must be removed from the socket before carrying out any
cleaning or maintenance work.
• Turn the temperature (outer) knob anticlockwise for warmer water or
clockwise for cooler.
• Never immerse the vacuum in water for cleaning.
• It is important to clean the shower spray rings regularly as they can
become blocked. Clean the surfaces with a mild washing up detergent
or soap solution, then wipe dry using a soft cloth.
• Never use the vacuum to suck up lighted cigarette ends or hot ashes.
• Never un-reel the cable with one pull or pull on the cable to unplug the
vacuum from the socket.
• For vacuums with internal cables ensure that all the cable is pulled out
before vacuuming, as cable left in the machine can overheat and become
a fire risk.
• Check paper dust bag regularly and when full empty and request
a replacement from reception.
• Regularly examine the power cord for damage such as cracking or ageing.
If damage is found do not use and report to Reception immediately.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
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Guide to appliances
Water Heater
Storage Heaters
Castle Leazes
Bowsden Court, Leazes Parade,
St Mary’s College and Marris House
• To draw water from the heater, turn down the red handle.
WARNING! The water drawn from this unit is heated
to boiling point so please be extremely careful.
• The water heater will automatically refill to the correct level.
• The unit must be switched on at the spur next to the heater. The heater
stores heat during the night then releases it during the day.
• Two rotating dials can be found either behind a flap on the front or on the
top of the unit. These dials are marked ‘Boost control’ and ‘Input control’.
• The Boost control will have numbers from 1–5 or 1–9. The higher the
dial is moved the more heat will be given off.
• Rotate the dial to 1 or 2 during the night to stop the heat escaping when
recharging. If this is not done the heater will radiate most heat in the
morning leaving very little for the afternoon or evening.
• The ‘Input control’ is used to regulate how much charge the heater will
accept during charging. Again it will have numbers from 1–9. The dial
is rotated to the desired setting depending on the time of the year.
• Take care when touching the body of the heater as it will become very hot.
• The vent on the front of the heater must not be covered, as this will cause
the safety thermal trip switch to stop the heater from charging.
• If damage is found do not use and report to Reception immediately.
Objects should NEVER be placed on top of or in front of the
unit as this is a fire hazard.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
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Electric Wall Heater
Bowsden Court
• Ensure that switch which is situated next to the heater is in the on position.
• Switch on, using the switches which are on the sides of the heater.
• Press boost button on the wall.
• Check that the red light on the top of the heater is lit up.
• Heat can be adjusted by moving the slide control situated on the top
of the heater.
• After 60–90 minutes the heater will automatically switch off.
• Press boost button to reset.
NEVER place clothing or any other items on or over the
heater as this can cause fires.
Always report faults and defects to Reception or via the online Repair Reporting system or Mobile App
which is available for iPhone, Android or Windows 8 devices. Details are available at www.ncl.ac.uk/
accommodation/current-students/complaints-repairs/repairs/
Guide to appliances
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Details are correct at the time of going
to print in July 2016. This brochure is for
information and guidance purposes only.
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