If you want fizzy water, hot drinks or slushies at the press of a button, an electric drinks maker will make all your dreams come true. But like any electrical appliance, they come with risks – read on to learn how to use them safely.
Drinks Maker Safety
When buying a new drinks maker, always buy from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always register a new drinks maker 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 drinks maker off immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer.
- The drinks maker must only be used by or under the supervision of a responsible adult. Use and store the drinks maker out of reach of children
- Sit the drinks maker on a stable, level, heat-resistant surface
- Don’t fill the drinks maker above the max mark.
- Always be careful when pouring water in or out of the drinks maker so that the power cord and socket stays dry.
- Make sure the drinks maker is switched off and unplugged before cleaning. Ensure the appliance is dry before being used again. Do not immerse the drinks maker in water for cleaning.
- Always turn off the drinks maker at the socket when not in use.