Hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen

4th May 2021 | Eativity editors

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

“In the last five years, more than 30 kitchen products have been recalled by Australian retailers and manufacturers,” says Marg Rafferty, Choice Editor. “Unfortunately, only around half have been returned. There could be hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen.”

Rafferty warns that the list of recalled products come with a terrifying range of risks – from flying blades and shattering glass to scalding burns and leaking gas.

Under Australia’s product safety laws, these risks are only identified after products hit shelves and end up in your home. Choice is urging every Australian to check their kitchen for recalled appliances, get the refunds they’re entitled to and keep their family safe.

The full list of 28 recalls (which comprises 31 products) is available at choice.com.au/KitchenRecalls. If you find one of these products in your home, simply 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 leaks are particular points of concern.

“Products like pressure cookers and blenders can have their seals deteriorate over time,” Rafferty says. “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.”