In March 2017 Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack imposed a national interim ban to prevent the supply of certain types of decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners.
It was implemented after serious injuries were reported, raising concerns about their safety.
The national interim ban comes to an end on 14 July 2017, and will be replaced by a safety standard from 15 July 2017.
The new safety standard:
- prevents the supply of table top devices (devices which weigh less than 8 kilograms or have a footprint less than 900 square centimetres); and
- requires freestanding and fixed devices to meet a stability test, come with a fuel container with a flame arrester (or an automatic fuel pump system) and display warnings on the device about refuelling hazards.
Products intended for cooking or heating are exempt from the safety standard.
The safety standard gives device suppliers three months to transition from the national interim ban to the new requirements in the safety standard.
Mr McCormack noted that some suppliers of safe devices are intending to develop a voluntary standard with Standards Australia which will provide additional protections for consumers, a move that is welcomed and strongly supported.
Retailers and suppliers can go to the ACCC’s product safety website to get further information on the new safety standard.
Consumers seeking to purchase decorative alcohol-fuelled devices should check that the device complies with the safety standard.
Those concerned about products they have previously purchased should visit the Product Safety Australia website for information about the safety standard, consumer rights and how to use burners safely.