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Ethanol burners

 

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In December 2016, Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz and other state and territory consumer affairs ministers imposed an interim ban on the use of portable decorative ethanol burners in Victoria, after serious injuries were reported throughout Australia raising concerns about their safety. The ban applied to all tabletop devices and to certain freestanding devices that do not have specified safety features and warnings.

In response to this issue, our inspectors visited over 300 retailers, further promoting the important safety message, with retailers responding by voluntarily removing more than 1,000 decorative burners from sale.

The interim ban was critical in ensuring consumers’ safety while a Commonwealth response was developed, resulting in a new national mandatory standard, which was introduced in July 2017.