Australians are being warned to check their kitchens for recalled or worn appliances, to reduce risk of burns, lacerations or even explosion.
In the last five years, more than 30 kitchen products have been recalled by Australian retailers and manufacturers. Yet only around half have been returned, according to Editor of Choice magazine Marg Rafferty.
“There could be hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen”, Rafferty warned, adding that, quite often, risks are only identified after products hit shelves and end up in the home.
“Choice is encouraging every Australian to check their kitchen for recalled appliances, get the refunds they’re entitled to and keep their loved ones safe”, she said.
The full list of 28 recalls (comprising 31 products) is available at choice.com.au/KitchenRecalls.
If you do find any of these products in your home, go to productsafety.gov.au, search for the product and follow the recall instructions.
Choice’s lab experts also recommend Australians take a moment to check that their kitchen appliances are functioning correctly, as wear and tear can also present safety risks. Seals, doors and hinges and gas risk are particular points of concern.
“Products like pressure cookers and blenders can have their seals deteriorate over time”, Rafferty said.
“If your appliances are a few years old, it’s worth checking any seals are still working effectively. Most manufacturers can supply replacement seals for products like pressure cookers or blenders.”
“It’s also worth inspecting the doors and hinges on products like microwaves and assessing any gas appliances you have for potential points of leakage”, she concluded.