Why You SHOULD NOT Store YOUR Important Items in Your Dishwasher During a Hurricane

As the landfall of hurricane Florence is approaching, lot of advices what you should do are floating around Facebook and twittersphere. One particular advice could put you in a trouble, although it sounds convincing.

During hurricanes or flooding, you should store your valuable documents and photographs in a dishwasher, because it's waterproof.

This myth started on 6 September 2017, as Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean and towards southern Florida, when Anna Kearns posted the advice bellow.

FLORIDA PEEPS! GOOD ADVICE! EMPTY YOUR DISHWASHER AND PUT ANYTHING YOU WANT TO PRESERVE IN THERE. It's waterproof and secured to cabinets so it's more likely to survive a storm. TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

Posted by Anna Kearns on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
 

And it spread like wildfire, with 1.2 million shares. But, is this really a piece of good advice?

No way!

Unfortunately, it won't preserve your important stuff and you'd be disappointed. "Yeah.....I lost everything in my dishwasher during the May 2015 floods. A dishwasher isn't waterproof," one user responded on similar advice thread on Reddit.

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Experts agree. Myth-debunking site Snopes cites Ralph Feldkamp, the owner of Ralph’s Appliance & Air Conditioning Repair in St. Petersburg, that it’s not a good idea to keep valuables in your dishwasher.

If your dishwasher gets ripped then your valuables are going to be floating around the neighborhood

Dishwashers don't keep water out. Feldkamp said if your home is flooded, so will your dishwasher. He said he sees a lot of flooded dishwashers in Shore Acres. The low-lying neighborhood in northeast St. Petersburg is one of the most flood-prone areas in Tampa Bay.

Besides flooding, extreme wind can tear apart the interior of your residence, including appliances.

“If your dishwasher gets ripped then your valuables are going to be floating around the neighborhood,” he said.

There’s also the possibility that your dishwasher will turn on during the storm, which would not bode well for your valuables.

Stay safe

Stay safe during the hurricane Florence, don't put your important stuff into a dishwasher and get wind forecast at http://bit.ly/HurricaneFlorenceforecast or download our free iOS or Android app.

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