Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2010.08.26 [Prevention of accidents due to improper use of gas cocks, their connecting tools and relatives]

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Prevention of accidents due to improper use of gas cocks, their connecting tools and relatives

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
August 26, 2010

The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) held a press briefing on the prevention of accidents due to aging deterioration of fans and air conditioners.

1. Press release

Release date:
August 26, 2010
Title:
Prevention of accidents due to improper use of gas cocks and their connecting tools
Publisher:
Product Safety Technology Center
Summary:
Among the product accident information reported to the Product Safety Technology Center, accidents with “gas cocks” and “their connection tools” in 5 years from Y2005 to FY2009 were 219 issues. Among them, accident causing death were 3 issues, causing serious injuries were 7 issues, and fires burnt the building were 64 issues. In addition, there were 43 issues (20%) of accidents of which causes couldn’t be identified and 115 issues (52%) by improper treatment or carelessness by the consumers. From the view of details of accidents occurred due to improper use or carelessness by the users, the reasons were “a gas cock not in use was open”, ”bad connection”, “inappropriate connection tool was used” and so on. NITE decided to conduct a promotion of consumers’ awareness since we found the necessity of promoting understanding of the contents of accidents with gas cocks and their connection tools, and these accidents can be avoided by proper use.
Press briefing paper in Japanese

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

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