How do you open the refrigerator?
At my new job there is a refrigerator
put their lunches. The first time I tried to
open the refrigerator I didn't see
a handle on the front, but I found
one on the left side of the door. (See arrow.)
I pulled on the handle, but the door would not open.
I thought maybe the refrigerator door had a really
strong seal, so I pulled harder. I pulled so hard the whole
refrigerator started moving! Someone standing nearby
told me, "It opens from the other side.
I had the same problem when I first tried to
I looked on the right side of the
refrigerator and sure enough, there was
a handle there too! When I pulled on that handle, the
refrigerator door opened easily.
the refrigerator door was designed so it
could be hinged on
either the left or the right side.
Thus, handles were put on
However, people only expect to see one handle
on a refrigerator
door. When the handle doesn't work, they assume the
door is stuck or locked.
It would be best to put a handle on the front
of a refrigerator door so
that it can be easily seen.
On a reversible door with handles on both sides of the
door, there should be a way of removing or concealing the
handle on the hinged
side. There should not be visible handles on both sides!
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