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AHAM EMPHASIZES THE HOME APPLIANCE INDUSTRY’S ROLE IN PROVIDING THE ESSENTIAL NEEDS OF HOME DURING COVID-19

Washington, DC (March 19, 2020) — As people are now required to spend almost all their time at home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, AHAM urges federal, state and local governments to recognize that home appliances are “essential” when drafting shelter-in-place orders. AHAM President and CEO, Joseph McGuire, stated, “While we are in an unprecedented time, it is most important that Americans have the necessary items to quarantine, or shelter-in-place. Home appliances, such as ranges and ovens, refrigerators, air cleaners, personal care products, humidifiers and floor care appliances are necessary and essential to the wellbeing and safety of people in their homes. This means that Americans need access to appliances, and to servicing, as needed, for these critical items.”

Restrictions on movement and business hours during this time are important for public health measures. However, shelter-in-place orders must be crafted so as not to prevent families from having the necessary items to prepare and cook meals, clean the home, dishes and their clothing. Home appliances will need to be manufactured, delivered and serviced in the home.

Therefore, AHAM is recommending that guidance be issued to states and local governments that clarifies “essential businesses” includes home appliance production, including its supply chain, distribution, retailing and servicing in order to maintain safe, sanitary, and essential operations of residences.

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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is the trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances and suppliers to the industry. AHAM is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains an office in Ottawa. AHAM is the single voice providing the home appliance industry and its customers leadership, advocacy and a forum for action — developing and implementing credible solutions for public policy, standards and business decisions. You can visit AHAM’s web site at http://www.aham.org or follow us on Twitter @AHAM_Voice and @AHAM_Policy.