Coffee Machine Fire Safety
Home ownership of coffee machines in the UK has been on the rise for a number of years – perhaps you have one on your Christmas list this year?
These days there are a wide range of coffee machines to choose from – capsule or pod, filter, built-in, bean to cup, or even specific coffee types such as cappuccino or espresso. Some people consider their coffee machine to be their most important kitchen tool and while these machines are used daily, it’s worth remembering that they use electricity to heat water to a high temperature, so keep in mind that they can also pose a fire safety risk if used incorrectly.
Coffee Machine Purchasing
- When buying a new coffee machine, always buy from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always register your new coffee machine with the manufacturer. That way you can be contacted easily if a safety recall is required. While the chances of a faulty product causing serious damage are small, the risk is there and returning a faulty product or ordering its repair is easy to do.
- Use the Electrical Safety First free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
- Check that your coffee machine has a UK plug and if it doesn’t, do not use a UK travel adaptor. Instead seek advice from the retailer or manufacturer.
- 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.
- Ensure your home is fully protected by an RCD (residual current device), which is usually found in your fuse box. 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 getting an electrician to install an RCD socket or use an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
- Appliance fires may also be caused by something beyond your control, in which case 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, especially in areas where a fire could start. And most important, make sure they are tested regularly.
Using your coffee machine safely
- The coffee machine must only be used by or under the supervision of a responsible adult. Use and store the coffee machine well out of reach of children
- Sit the coffee machine on a stable, level, heat-resistant surface
- Don’t fill the coffee machine above the maximum mark.
- Always be careful when pouring water in or out of the coffee machine so that the power cord and socket stays dry.
- If you notice an odd smell or any sparking, unplug the coffee machine immediately and contact the retailer and/or manufacturer
- Make sure the coffee machine is switched off and unplugged before cleaning. Ensure the appliance is dry before being used again. Do not immerse the coffee machine in water for cleaning.
- Removable components such as filter baskets and carafes should be washed in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always turn off the appliance when not in use.
Here at Firechief, we want you to feel safe. Our mission is to work hard every day to protect lives and property from fire by providing a range of fire safety products that can be trusted to perform when the heat is on.