Electric Cooker Regulations

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Electric Cooker Regulations
Electric cookers rely on electricity to generate heat. (cooker image by Luki_Poland from Fotolia.com)

Electric cookers are appliances that use energy, instead of gas, to cook food. A large amount of voltage is needed to power these cookers, so the electrical hazards for working with these appliances is higher. As a result, there are many regulations and recommendations that control how the electric cookers can be used with the goal of protecting the consumer from danger.

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Wiring

Electric cookers must be on their own circuits. They must also be controlled by their own fuse. The fuse must also be very large since electric cookers draw on a lot of heat to cook food. Electric cookers must be protected by a fuse or a circuit breaker that has the same rating as the rating found on the back of the electric cooker. A double pole switch must be used to break the connection so that there are no risks of shocks when the switch is turned off, since the circuit generates a lot of electricity which can be very hazardous, according to DIY Doctor. Otherwise, electricity still could have been contained in the wire and could have released voltage that would have injured the operator.

Instruction Manual

Electric appliances come with instruction manuals that should always be kept with the appliance. When the appliance is sold or when a new resident moves into the home, the new resident must have the instruction manual so that he will know how to operate the appliance, according to Service Force. The manual is often placed inside the appliance so that the user does not lose it. If the manual is lost, there is sometimes a version online that is available.

Certified Technician

Many electric cookers cannot be installed by the homeowners, but must be installed by certified electric appliance technicians. Repairs should only be conducted by a certified technician. Incorrect installation or repairs can lead to a serious fire risk.

Compatibility

Electrical appliances must be compatible with the energy source that the appliance is plugged into. Some electric cookers are designed only for domestic use, while other electric cookers are designed for industrial or commercial use, according to Service Force.

Earthed

The electric cooker must be earthed, which means that all electrical parts must be touching the earth so that the voltage will have somewhere to go if there is a fault, according to Service Force.

Liability

The manufacturer of the electric cooker is not liable for any damages if the electric cooker is used improperly and causes damage to property or injury to individuals. However, the manufacturer is liable for damages if the electric appliance malfunctions.

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