Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is urging consumers to check the safety of their electric blankets, following a series of voluntary recalls in recent months.
“NSW Fire and Rescue report an average of 20 incidents involving electric blankets each year,” he said.
Electric blankets are declared articles, so they need to be compliant and approved for sale.
“However, an approved and compliant blanket may still have durability issues.”
There are a number of electric blankets currently under recall:
• ALDI—Lumina Electric Blanket
• BIG W (Woolworths Limited)—Abode Electric Blanket
• Sunbeam Corporation Limited—Heritage & Regency Electric Blanket
• BIG W—Living Essentials Electric Blanket
• Kmart—Homemaker Electric Blanket
• Gerard Sourcing & Manufacturing—LINDA Electric Blanket
“Anyone who has bought an electric blanket since 2010 should go to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website www.recalls.gov.au and check whether their product is affected by a recall,” Mr Stowe said.