Electrical safety is a day to day issue in our lives. We learn not to put appliances in water, play with plugs and do silly things near electrical lines and we try and buy appliances that are safe.
We rely on retailers to remove any models that have faults but can we trust all retailers to keep us safe?
One of the best ways to see if an appliance is safe is to check to see and see that it has a Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM), which is the tag that certifies a product as safe to sell in New Zealand and Australia.
However, very rarely a product can still slip through the regulatory process without failing the tests and being identified as being unsafe.
Knowledge is power, so Comply Guy has flagged two recalled and banned electrical appliances that were identified as unsafe the last two years
The team at Comply Guy makes it their mission to rid New Zealand of unsafe appliances.
At the moment, we are relying on the humble heater more often, so it is a good time to ask – what model of heater do you use?
The first two appliance models, primarily sold as wall mounted bathroom heaters, were recalled because they cause fires. The two models to look out for are the 3108 or 3109 Goldair Bathroom Heaters and these models were sold about three or more years ago. So if you installed a Goldair bathroom heater in that time period it would be wise to check the model number to determine if it is one of these two models.
The original importer of these appliances is no longer trading but as a goodwill gesture the current NZ importer and distributor is offering a free replacement heater to consumers with affected heaters. Conditions so apply so contact Goldair on 0800 232 633 for more information about the replacement process.
The second electrically unsafe appliance sold were travel plug adaptors sold at a chain of convenience stores in Auckland. If you have bought a travel adaptor set or plug at a City Star Convenience or Britomart Magazine store then you should contact Energy Safety before you use it to determine if it is the unsafe model. The store was fined $80,000 for selling faulty electrical equipment.
If you have appliances that haven’t been tested or tagged recently, or that are showing signs of a fault (sparking, shorting out, smoking) then get in touch with the electrical safety professionals.
The Comply Guy team will quote for free and can test any appliance and certify it as 100% safe so when it doubt ‘play it safe’ and phone 0800 669 999 for fast, friendly, affordable and professional electrical safety services.