The Irish Institute for Industrial Research and Standards warns about faulty hair curler brushes that have failed safety tests.

In a list published in this morning's newspapers the Institute identified twenty five heated curler brushes which do not meet Irish safety standards. All but one were made in Hong Kong, and while brand names may vary many of the brushes are the same models, with a retail price of between five and seven pounds.

The danger for those who use them is quite considerable says Jim O’Connor, Head of Standards at the Irish Institute for Industrial Research and Standards.

Widely available from department stores, hairdressers and supermarkets, they should be returned to the retailer immediately. It is easy for consumers to know that they are in possession of one,

The way that they can be identified primarily is that they are cheap.

Retailers should be able to provide information about the safety of a curler brush, but if someone cannot get reassurance then they should contact the Irish Institute for Industrial Research and Standards.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 June 1981. The reporter is Michael Fisher.