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8. Washing Machine

The Hazard:
An inlet hose that bursts will send a torrent of water gushing into your laundry room.

How to avoid it:
Replace rubber hoses with braided steel ones, and check them regularly for leaks and loose connections (see How to Prepare Your Home for Emergencies for leak-detection gear).
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