June 6, 2002
New Standard for "Break-Away" Power
Cords on Electric Deep Fryers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) worked with Underwriters
Laboratories (UL) to develop a new safety standard that calls for
"break-away" power cords for electric deep fryers. This new power cord will
break away if a child pulls on it, preventing the deep fryer from tipping
over and spilling scalding hot cooking oil on the child. The new
requirements also apply to electric fondues and electric multi-purpose pots
that use cooking oil.
Since 1980, CPSC has reports of 7 deaths and 64 serious burn injuries to
children under 10 with deep fryers. These deaths and injuries resulted from
young children pulling on the power cord, tipping over the deep fryer and
its hot contents.
The new "break-away" power cord is held to the deep fryer by a magnet. It
operates safely and effectively when it is placed on a counter near an
electrical outlet. However, if someone pulls on the cord, it will quickly
and smoothly break away from the deep fryer, preventing tipover. This will
help prevent the terrible scald burns.
"This is the kind of creative product safety innovation we like to see,"
said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "Industry developed this new break- away cord
to help reduce the risk of burns, especially to children."
CPSC urges people to look for new deep fryer appliances that have the
break-away power cord, which should show up in stores within the next