Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2009.12.16 [Prevention of accidents with heating appliances]

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Prevention of accidents with heating appliances

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
December 16, 2009

The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) held a press briefing on the prevention of accidents with heating appliances

1. Press release

Release date:
December 16, 2009
Title:
Prevention of accidents with heating appliances
Publisher:
Product Safety Technology Center
Summary:
Among the product accident information reported to NITE, there were 1,953 issues (*1) regarding heating appliances in winter (October to March) between FY 2004 and FY2008. With electric stoves, there had been 10 accidents had occurred only in the 2 months of October 1st to November 30th in 2009. The analysis of these information reveals that many of these accidents are fire and etc especially due to heating appliances such as “electric stoves” (857 issues), “kerosene heaters” (727 issues), and “kerosene fan heaters/kerosene hot-air heaters” (220 issues). Especially with “kerosene heaters”, 511 issues out of 727 issues, 70% of accidents were due to “improper use or carelessness”. With onset of a full-fledged winter, in order to prevent accidents with heating appliances, NITE decided to conduct a promotion of consumers’ awareness for proper and safety use.
  1. *1: Duplicated and/or non-target information are excluded from the number of issues as of November 30th, 2009.
Press briefing paper in Japanese
Reference: http://www.nite.go.jp/jiko/press/prs09121602.pdf [PDF:94KB]

For more information;
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
Product Safety Technology Center, Product Safety Investigation Division

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