Water-bottle ban

Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres has banned the sale of electric hot-water bottles due to the risk of shock. They are connected to electricity to heat water via electrodes in the bottle's bladder. Havenhall has 80 per cent of the Australian market in flexible heating pads and they agreed to stop selling them and remove them from the marketplace. Mr Ayres said they don't comply with the relevant standard of essential safety requirements. "The flexible heating-pad design is emerging technology and no relevant Australian/New Zealand standard fully captures its design," he said.

Build your family

Fusion Western Sydney has a 12-hour families short course that builds family relationships. It's on each Monday in May, 9am to 12.30pm, at Tyndale Christian School, 59 Douglas Road, Blacktown.

Details: or 8811 7800.

Go on, make their day

OfficeMax's A Day Made Better program seeks Australia's best primary teachers. In August, 10 teachers who inspire and encourage students will get an iPad and $2000 of art supplies and stationery for their classroom. Parents, students, friends, teachers, principals and school administrators can nominate someone. Give the teacher's name, school and say why they should win.

Details, nominations (close May 30):