This is an old safety warning, which I first published a few years ago but Gas Safety Week has brought it back to the fore. This is clearly a very serious warning and it’s a shame to have to give such bad publicity to specific manufacturers. However, so far six people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning as reported in the main press, and this is a warning that needs passing on.
It has to be said that these cookers are only dangerous if explicit manufacturer instructions are ignored, but frankly manufacturers need to design products in the full knowledge that instructions will always be ignored at times and should make sure their products do not become dangerous as a result of behaviour that should be predictable.
What is the danger?
On these specific cookers, designed with a separate grill, deadly carbon monoxide can build up if the grill door is closed whilst the grill is on. Double oven cookers are not affected by the issue as they are designed to work with the top oven/grill door closed.
To their credit Beko have a prominent warning on their home page, which is easily found. However, the Glen Dimplex web site has nothing about it anywhere at the time of writing.
Quote from Beko’s safety warning notice
FOLLOW THE PRODUCT INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND DO NOT OPERATE THE GRILL WITH THE GRILL DOOR CLOSED.
When the grill burner is on, the grill door must always be in the open position. If the grill is operated with the grill door closed, the air supply to the grill burner is restricted which can cause extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to be produced which can pose a very serious risk to health.
Affected Beko cookers (Beko, Leisure & Flavel brands)
- Beko DCG8511WLPG
- Beko DCG8511PLW
- Beko DG581LWP
- Leisure CM10NRK
- Leisure CM10NRC
- Leisure AL6NDW
- Leisure CM101NRCP
- Leisure CM101NRKP
- Flavel DCGAP5LS
- Flavel AP5LDWP
- Flavel AP5LDW
- Flavel AP5LDSP
- Flavel Milano ML5NDS
As with all safety warnings on appliances related to design issues the manufacturer offers free inspection and modification. Owners of Beko cookers affected can call: 0800 342 3049 or view the Beko cooker safety notice or www.beko.co.uk . Leisure & Flavel Gas Cookers – safety notice Those with Glen Dimplex models should call: 0800 294 3128.