Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2011.01.20[Preventing Clothing Ignition Accidents]

Preventing Clothing Ignition Accidents

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
January 20, 2011

NITE (National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; President: Itaru Yasui) gave a presentation for the media on preventing accidents caused by improper use of cords and power distribution adaptors as shown in the attached materials.

1. Press release

Release date:
January 20, 2011
Preventing Clothing Ignition Accidents
Product Safety Technology Center
Product accidents reported to the Product Safety Technology Center at NITE include 179 cases involving kotatsu heaters*1 in the five years from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2009*2. Because most of the accidents involving kotatsu heaters occur in January and February due to improper use or carelessness, NITE has decided to call consumers’ attention to this issue to give them an understanding of the accident details and prevent accidents by encouraging them to use products properly.
Kotatsu heaters: electric kotatsu heaters, power cords for electric kotatsu heaters, charcoal briquette kotatsu heaters, artificial coal kotatsu heaters, charcoal kotatsu heaters, etc.
Number excluding overlapping cases or non-applicable cases as of December 1, 2010
Press briefing paper in Japanese

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

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