Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2011.02.17[Preventing Accidents Caused by Improper Use of Cords and Power Distribution Adaptors]

Preventing Accidents Caused by Improper Use of Cords and Power Distribution Adaptors

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
February 17, 2011

NITE (National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; President: Itaru Yasui) gave a presentation for the media on preventing accidents caused by improper use of cords and power distribution adaptors as shown in the attached materials.

1. Press release

Release date:
February 17, 2011
Title:
Preventing Accidents Caused by Improper Use of Cords and Power Distribution Adaptors
Publisher:
Product Safety Technology Center
Summary:
Product accidents reported to the Product Safety Technology Center at NITE include 1,119 cases involving cords for hair dryers and electric heaters, or power strips, sockets or other power distribution adaptors in the five years from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2009*1. It is difficult to detect faults in these adaptors by sight, because they do not intrinsically present a source of fire or heat. However, they may cause a fire after continuous improper use. This type of accident increases in winter, with electrical appliances that have high power consumption, such as heaters. Therefore NITE has decided to promote consumer awareness on this issue to give them a clear understanding of accident details and prevent accidents. *1 Number of accidents occurring from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2009 excluding overlapping cases or non-applicable cases at December 1, 2010
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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