Hot water bottles are a cheap, green and effective way of staying warm in bed on a cold winter's night, but it turns out they can also be a major safety risk.
The ACCC has launched a "blitz" on unsafe hot water bottles after a spate of injuries in NSW and elsewhere. The problem is el cheapo designs that don't meet national safety standards, as the ACCC explains:
The mandatory standard requires hot water bottles to be of an acceptable capacity and thickness and meet stringent performance tests relating to leakages, seam strength and pressure.
That doesn't mean you should abandon the hottie, but make sure that your bottle is certified as meeting the standard, and ditch it as soon as it displays any splitting, tears and perishing.
Having grown up in a hot-water-bottle-loving household, I'd also remind new users not to try and fill the bottle too quickly, lest steaming water bubbles up and scalds you. Not the best way to relax before hitting the sack. Come summer, don't forget you can also use a hot water bottle as a novel laptop cooler.
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