Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2011.08.25 [Preventing Accidents Involving Induction Cooking Stoves]

Preventing Accidents Involving Induction Cooking Stoves

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
August 25, 2011

NITE (National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; President: Itaru Yasui) gave a presentation for the media on preventing accidents involving induction cooking stoves as shown in the attached materials

1. Press release

Release date:
August 25, 2011
Title:
Preventing Accidents Involving Induction Cooking Stoves
Publisher:
Product Safety Technology Center
Summary:
Product accidents reported to the Product Safety Technology Center at NITE include 118 cases*1 involving induction cooking stoves in the six years from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2010. Classifying these cases by damage, they include two cases with severe injuries, 27 cases with minor injuries, and seven cases where a room or wider area caught fire*2. Accidents involving induction cooking stoves have been increasing year by year. Already in fiscal 2011, seven accidents have been reported with this product.
Analysis of 118 accidents involving induction cooking stoves in the six years from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2010 have revealed that the following types of accident occur frequently.
[1]
Smoke or fire from overheated cooking oil because of a combination of factors such as an uneven bottom to the pan, cooking fries in a small amount of oil turned up to normal heat, or because the heater was left unattended (32 cases)
[2]
Overheating or fire when the heater is turned on by mistake and something left on the heater gets overheated (8 cases)
[3]
Bumping against the heater while in use (7 cases), etc.
Induction cooking stoves enable cooking without a naked flame and are equipped with a safety system such as an overheating prevention device. However, they have caused fires, and many accidents have been caused by improper use of induction cooking stoves. Along with the popularization of these heaters, accidents involving them have been increasing year by year. In view of these circumstances, NITE has decided to promote consumer awareness of this issue to prevent IH cooking heater accidents.
*1
Number of accidents excluding overlapping cases or non-applicable cases at
July 31, 2011
*2
Fire in part of a building, such as a pillar or a floor.
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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