Hong Kong Customs has alerted the public and advised people to stop using three models of hot water bottles as they posed potential risks of scalding.

A test-buy operation on hot water bottles from the local market had been conducted by customs officers who found the seams of three models could break and pose the risk of scalding people, according to a government release on Tuesday.

The three models were said to have violated relevant safety standards.

Officers on Tuesday seized a total of 27 hot water bottles from two chain stores and issued prohibition notices to retailers and suppliers to stop the sale of those hot water bottles.

Customs advised the public to check hot water bottles carefully before using them and to stop using them immediately if there was any sign of damage.