Hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen: CHOICE

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Consumer group CHOICE is encouraging Australians to check their kitchens for recalled appliances, warning of burns, lacerations and even risk of explosion.

“In the last 5 years, more than 30 kitchen products have been recalled by Australian retailers and manufacturers. Unfortunately, only around half have been returned,” says Marg Rafferty, CHOICE Editor.

“There could be hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen. The list of recalled products come with a terrifying range of risks – flying blades, shattering glass, scalding burns, leaking gas and more. Under Australia’s weak product safety laws, these risks are only identified after products hit shelves and end up in your 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,” says Rafferty.

The full list of 28 recalls (comprising 31 products) is available at choice.com.au/KitchenRecalls – if you find one of these products in your home, go to productsafety.gov.au, search for the product and follow the recall instructions.

CHOICE 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. 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,” says Rafferty.

“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.”

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