Park fair opens with mini heaters a likely hot item

To lure people outdoors, exhibitors will provide warm food and heaters as the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo kicks off today.

Saturday, 10 December, 2011, 12:00am

Bathroom heaters leave watchdog cold

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.

16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Past week one of the coldest - and chilly weather set to persist

Hong Kong has just endured one of its coldest weeks on record, but the Observatory warned that the worst is yet to come.

The temperature yesterday fell to only 8 degrees Celsius. The cold weather signal has been in force for 10 days - a record.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Warm to it

Barbecues may provide year-round entertainment but when the chill descends it's worth considering the comfort of guests during those winter alfresco parties. Enter outdoor heaters. Once the province of restaurants and bars, these party-savers are shrinking to sizes that fit most Hong Kong rooftops or balconies.

7 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Poor return of unsafe heaters

Only about 10 per cent of unsafe household heaters recalled by suppliers following Consumer Council findings last June have been returned.

The council had tested 16 models and found that most could short circuit or give an electric shock. Some posed a fire risk.

18 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Use of heaters defended

Officials yesterday defended the installation of flueless water heaters, to be banned next year, in a Housing Society complex in Tseung Kwan O.

The heaters would not be a danger provided they were properly installed and used, a society spokeswoman said.

'Towngas gave us safety assurances,' she said.

5 May 1999 - 12:00am

Sale of flueless water heaters to be banned, but use permitted

The sale of flueless water heaters is to be banned from early next year.

But consumers would still be allowed to use the devices if they are already installed in kitchens.

Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai, a member of the Gas Safety Advisory Committee that approved the ban yesterday, said there were reasonable grounds.

27 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Total ban urged on flueless heaters

Legislators yesterday called for a total ban on flueless gas water heaters, following the death of two people in January from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by the appliances.

Officials proposed banning the use of the heaters in bathrooms or showers after an advisory committee was split on a total ban.

23 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Killer water heaters likely to be banned

Dangerous old-style water heaters could be banned from April next year in the wake of last month's fatal gassing in Shekkipmei.

An advisory panel yesterday endorsed proposals to ban flueless gas water heaters connected to showers, which are believed to be used in about 24,000 homes.

23 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Towngas checks near end

Towngas will finish inspecting all potentially deadly water heaters in 15,800 households by Monday.

The company sent 200 employees to 3,000 households in 19 estates yesterday, on top of the 6,500 households already visited in the past few days.

22 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Gas cut off over water heater fear

Towngas cut off 22 homes using gas water heaters yesterday in the wake of Sunday's gassing in which two people died.

19 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Water heater kills man

A 55-YEAR-OLD man died yesterday after being electrocuted by an old-style water heater as he was about to take a shower in his Ma Tau Wai Estate home.

The naked man, surnamed Cheung, was found in the bathroom with his left hand gripping the shower hose when his 26-year-old daughter returned home at around 2pm.

27 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Heater offer

Suppliers of three brands of unvented water heaters which failed to meet standards have agreed to replace or repair devices for consumers free of charge: Berlin UHP, German Pool GPU and Winbo WHP models.

18 Oct 1997 - 12:00am