The list of such appliances is long and includes both large white goods (refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers) and small appliances (toasters, hairdryers, irons) as well as unexpected items like vending machines or whirlpool baths. The market for such household appliances is expected to grow as new products become available and as developing and newly industrialized countries expand their middle class.
Regardless of the type or brand of household appliances, the expectation remains that products function properly and safely.
Since 1970, the IEC has published a series of standards to ensure the safety of household devices. Known as the 60335 series, it is comprised of two parts, with the first part consisting of the general safety requirements for all appliances while the second part addresses the requirements for specific device types.
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