Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2007.11.21 [NITE Warns: To avoid Hazards related to Electric Heaters]

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NITE Warns: To avoid Hazards related to Electric Heaters

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Life and Welfare Technology Center
Novemver 21, 2007

The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) today released a NITE Alert on its website urging consumers to avoid hazards caused by electric heaters.

1. Press release

Release date:
November 21, 2007
Title:
Safety Alert on accidents linked to Electric heaters
Publisher:
Life and Welfare Technology Center
Summary:

A large number of smoking and ignition accidents involving electric heaters are reported every year. Last winter, a NITE Alert was issued calling for consumers’ attention on this matter. With the approach of winter, the frequency of electric heater use is set to increase. NITE is again urging consumers to take extra care when operating electric heaters. The following is a summary of the alert. Full information can be found in the "NITE Alert" placed today on NITE’s website at :
http://www.nite.go.jp/jiko/e/news/083/news083.html

A list of the previously recalled electric heaters
The list of recalled products has been updated so that consumers can verify if their units are subject to recall
Information on malfunctioning electric heaters with remote controls
Some malfunctioning heaters are operated unintentionally with remote controls for other electric appliances. NITE has confirmed the malfunctioning combinations and calls for consumers’ attention.
Safety Alert concerning the use of electric heaters
The improper use of electric heaters or carelessness may pose fire hazards. This is not just limited to recalled products. This Safety Alert provides precautions for the proper use of electric heaters.

Press briefing paper in Japanese
http://www.nite.go.jp/jiko/press/prs071121.pdf [PDF:113KB]

For more information;
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
Product Safety Technology Center, Product Safety Investigation Division

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