QLD Government Bans Sale Of Most Ethanol Burners

A shockingly high number of serious injuries caused by ethanol burning devices has led the State Government to impose a 60-day interim ban on their sale – effective immediately.

Since 2011 there have been at least 117 incidents across Australia, including 38 in Queensland.

Queensland’s Acting Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Dr Anthony Lynham said, following advice from the Office of Fair Trading, he has ordered certain types of ethanol burners to be removed from the marketplace.


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“They pose an unacceptable safety risk to consumers,” he said.

“These small, portable devices have been the cause of numerous explosions and flash-back fires, resulting in serious and life threatening injuries.

“Our highest priority is continuing to protect Queensland consumers, and banning unsafe ethanol burners will help ensure people’s safety,” said the Minister.

The interim ban covers ethanol burners that have shown to be of high risk, as well as those that were being used when someone was injured or was likely to result in injury.

The list includes ‘devices used for domestic use producing a flame using alcohol as fuel, primarily for decorative purpose‘.

The only devices NOT included in the ban are:

  • those with a power output of more than 4.5 kW; or
  • those that require installation in a fixed position; or
  • those designed for food warming.

If you do continue to use an ethanol burner it is vital you follow the following safety tips:

  1. Never leave the burner unattended while using it.
  2. Supervise children and pets around burners at all times.
  3. Stay at least 1-metre away from the burner while it’s being used.
  4. Store fuel in a separate location to the burner.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  6. Never use the burner for cooking.
  7. Only use fuel that is recommended by the manufacturer.
  8. Do not throw items into or at the burner.
  9. Take extra care when refueling to make sure the device is off. Do not refuel if the device is hot or even warm.

For more information and tips visit the Office of Fair Trading’s website.

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