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16 March 2017

Many types of portable decorative ethanol burners are currently banned from sale in South Australia and across the country with serious injuries reported increasing concerns about their safety.

Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack has today imposed a national interim ban to prevent the supply of certain types of decorative alcohol fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners.

The national interim ban replaces interim bans imposed by the Ministers responsible for the Australian Consumer Law in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

The action follows reports of 113 incidents, many resulting in serious injuries, across the country since 2010. Of these, six incidents occurred in South Australia, each incident with one person injured.

CBS warns consumers who have banned ethanol-fuelled burners in their home to stop using them immediately.

The interim ban means that retailers and online traders across Australia must take the banned products off their shelves or delete them from online catalogues and cease sales immediately. Individuals face a maximum penalty of $220,000 and corporations face a maximum penalty of $1.1 million if found to be selling banned products.

This interim ban affects all table-top versions and many freestanding versions of the product. The interim ban does not affect products with a power output of more than 4.5 kW, those that require installation in a fixed position, and those used in the heating or warming of food.

Retailers and suppliers can go to the ACCC’s product safety website to get further information to help them understand the product range covered by the national interim ban.

Consumers seeking to purchase decorative alcohol fuelled devices should check with suppliers that any product offered is not subject to the ban.

Those concerned about products they have previously purchased should visit the Product Safety Australia website for more information about decorative alcohol fuelled devices.

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