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Portable ethanol burners banned in Qld

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Rachael Burnett

Portable ethanol burners have been banned in Queensland after a woman was hospitalised from serious burns when one exploded.

The interim six-month ban on the sale of the decorative burners was announced on Wednesday after 38 incidents in the state and 117 across Australia.

This includes a 28-year-old woman who suffered severe burns to her face and body when one exploded in her backyard in Western Australia, which also introduced its own interim ban on the burners this week.

Two people in Queensland were also injured in a similar incident.

Federal Small Business Minister Michael Cormack has now proposed a national interim ban on the burners, which are filled with methylated spirits, ethanol or biofuel.

Consumers have been typically injured while refuelling the burners that are still very hot or have a flame that's hard to detect, which can cause ethanol vapour to explode.

Queensland Acting Attorney-General Dr Anthony Lynham described the burners as dangerous products and urged people to stop using them.

"There was a lady in Western Australia with very serious burns and we want to make sure that we don't have that incident occurring in Queensland," he added.

"These ethanol burners are high risk. If anyone has purchased any of these burners as a Christmas gift, please return the burner."

The restriction only applies to portable burners, not to fixed burners or those used for heating foods, Dr Lynham said.

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