Bathroom heaters leave watchdog cold

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 December, 2010, 12:00am

Temperatures are tumbling, but people should think twice before putting heaters in steamy bathrooms.

Two in 10 heaters that claim to be suitable for use in bathrooms failed water-resistance tests, according to the Consumer Council. Water got inside Larette and Gree brand heaters during splashing and drip tests.

'Water can conduct electricity. It is dangerous,' said Ambrose Ho Pui-him, chairman of the Consumer Council's publicity and community relations committee. He said that when heaters got wet, their insulation deteriorated and they could overheat.

People should put only water-resistant heaters in bathrooms and place them at a safe distance from the bathtub or basin.

The council also warned people against buying unbranded Christmas decorative lighting. Five out six no-brand models were found to be faulty.

'Never choose models with wires that are too thin,' Ho said.