NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a renewed warning on recalled and dangerous electric heaters, including the Sunair model FHS35 plastic bodied fan heater recalled in 2009.
Mr Stowe said the Sunair heater shorted out the power in a home in Balmain last week and in June last year caused a fire at a home in the Beresfield (Newcastle) area. View photos of this heater below.
In the Balmain incident, the heater was purchased about seven years ago. The homeowner said it was the second of the heaters that had blown up and the first one had only lasted about six weeks. He said he only used the heaters rarely, in the winter months. The first of the heaters blew an expensive powerboard and the latest heater blew the earth core leakage unit in his home.
In the Beresfield incident, the heater was purchased 5-6 years ago and left in a box in a cupboard for some time. The heater ignited and caused significant smoke damage. The resident, who was at home at the time, fortunately escaped serious injury.
These types of heaters are often kept for guest or supplementary heating so anyone bringing out heaters that have been in storage should check at www.recalls.gov.au to make sure they are not using a potentially lethal product.
Mr Stowe said Woolworths Supermarkets and Big W recently recalled four models of portable room heaters with all products having poor connection on the power plugs pins that may dislodge when the plug is removed from the power outlet. View the relevant recall notice in PDF format (size: 286kb).
There is the risk of electric shock or fire from these products, which were sold nationally from 15 March to 17 June this year.
Mr Stowe said gas and electrical appliances and products could pose a significant risk to life and property, if used in dangerous settings or ways.
“Putting heaters too close to bedding or bringing external heaters into enclosed places has previously proved fatal for families in NSW,” he said. “Fair Trading inspects thousands of electrical and gas heaters each year and orders the removal from shelves of any unapproved and unsafe gas and electrical products. Officers return to stores or outlets, unannounced, to make sure traders are complying with the law.”
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