Any keen baker knows how much work goes into mixing the perfect dough - it really makes your arms ache! Hand and stand mixers are designed to do the work for you, but are you aware of the safety risks?
Hand and Stand Mixer Safety
- When buying a new mixer, always buy from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always register a new mixer with the manufacturer. That way you can be contacted easily if a safety notice or recall is required. While the chances of a faulty product causing serious damage are small, the risk is still there and returning a faulty product or ordering its repair is very easy to do. To register all your appliances, regardless of age, visit Register My Appliance.
- Use our free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
- Check that your appliance has a UK plug, but if it doesn’t, do not use a UK travel adaptor - get in touch with the retailer and ask for their advice.
- Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
- Ensure your home is fully protected by an RCD (residual current device), which can be found in your fuse box (also known as a consumer unit). An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires.
- If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider installing an RCD socket or plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
- Sometimes, appliance fires are caused by something beyond your control. Smoke alarms and heat detectors are essential in keeping you safe by raising the alarm in the event of a fire. There should be a minimum of one alarm/detector per floor and fit enough to cover all areas where a fire could start, and make sure they are tested regularly.
- If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get out and call 999 immediately.
- If you notice a burning smell or any unusual noises, switch the mixer off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.
- Do not place the mixer in water or any other liquid.
- Place the mixer away from the edge of the counter, and ensure the cord doesn’t hang over the side.
- Check which parts are dishwasher-safe and which need to be cleaned by hand.
- Always turn off the mixer at the socket when not in use.