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  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is conducting marketplace surveillance of toys in the lead up to Christmas.
  • When completing do-it-yourself projects around the home, remember that safety comes first for yourself and for others.
  • Eighteen electrical retailers and wholesalers recalled Infinity electrical cables due to safety concerns on 27 August 2014.
  • Multiple cot suppliers have conducted recalls after ACCC surveillance identified a number of cots which did not meet the requirements of the mandatory safety standard.
  • Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.
  • Do you have or care for children under 3 years old? Get the ACCC's free do-it-yourself Choke Check tool to help you identify toys and other objects that can pose choking or ingestion hazards.
  • When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns or death. Order your fact card and poster for more information, including safety tips.
  • Stay safe as you keep warm this winter - see our top tips and video.
  • The ACCC identified a number of items as containing unacceptable concentrations of azo dyes. The ACCC has negotiated 11 recalls of 35 product lines with the affected suppliers.
  • Unsafe soccer goals can kill. We've partnered with Football Federation Australia for a national safety initiative helping to prevent deaths and serious injuries to kids and teenagers – and make soccer a safe activity for everyone involved.
  • DON'T BE A JACKASS WITH JACKS. People have been crushed to death or severely injured when they have not used jacks, support stands or ramps properly. The ACCC is leading a joint campaign with state and territory fair trading agencies to raise awareness about your safety when doing DIY mechanic work. Follow the safety tips and read the information to stay safe when working under your car.
  • Many Australians have died or have been seriously injured from quad bikes (four-wheeled motorbikes) – including children. Watch the video and follow the safety steps to prepare, wear and ride safely when using quad bikes.
  • Keeping baby safe - it's not just your wish, it's ours too! Check out our latest iPhone & iPad app, videos and more. Order your free copy of this popular publication today.
  • Download the Recalls Australia app on your iOS and Android devices.
  • In November 2013, the Minister for Small Business, the Honourable Bruce Billson, published a Safety Warning Notice about an asbestos risk associated with a product known as “fire wallets”.
  • Loose or looped cords can be extremely dangerous. Parents and carers are urged to take the necessary steps to ensure blinds and curtains in your home don't pose a threat to your children.
  • Santa's checking another list twice: his gift safety checklist. Are YOU giving safe gifts? Follow the steps in the Safe Santa checklist to find out.
  • Exposing your eyes to very high levels of sunlight can cause serious and sometimes irreversible damage. Some sunglasses can also impair your vision in other ways. Protecting your eyes from the harsh Australian sun could be as easy as choosing the right pair of sunglasses.
  • Children can be injured by ceiling fans, especially in the warmer months. Parents and carers should take steps to ensure children are not able to come into contact with ceiling fans.
  • An estimated eight kids a day are injured by trampolines in Australia, and hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries. Don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise. The ACCC, Kidsafe and state consumer protection agencies have teamed up with Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry to help parents and carers keep trampolining safe for kids.
  • The ACCC and the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) are co-hosting an international conference on consumer product safety in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on 9-10 October 2013.
  • The Federal Government put in place a national interim ban on certain consumer goods containing synthetic drug substances on 18 June 2013. The Assistant Treasurer extended the interim ban for a period of 30 days on 16 August 2013. The Assistant Treasurer has now extended the interim ban by a further 30 days.
  • The Federal Government has put in place a national interim ban on a range of dangerous synthetic drugs effective from 18 June 2013. The Assistant Treasurer has extended the interim ban on certain consumer goods containing synthetic drug substances by 30 days. The extension period commences on 16 August 2013.
  • With Christmas toys now running out of steam and probably needing a battery change, there are a few things to consider when using and changing lithium batteries.
  • As the cooler weather sets in, the ACCC is warning Australians about the dangers of using wheat bags as a source of warmth and has released tips to use them safely.
  • Ride-on lawnmowers pose many risks including serious injury from tipping over and significant risks to bystanders, especially children. Find out how to stay safe when using ride-on lawnmowers.
  • Laundry liquid capsules (also known as laundry pods) can be dangerous for your child if left within his or her reach. Check out this alert for tips on storing and handling these products safely.
  • Electronic cigarettes are devices intended to simulate the act of tobacco smoking. Consumers and suppliers should read the following to learn more about the health risks of using e-cigarettes.
  • The ACCC is urging parents and carers to follow some simple safety tips when using prams and strollers.
  • Two deaths and a miscarriage have been linked, by state and territory health authorities, to listeria infections attributed to a range of Jindi soft cheeses. Brands include Coles Finest and Harris Farm.
  • The ACCC tortures toys to keep kids safe. What can you do? Find out here!
  • Check out these tips on helping to reduce fire risks from your children's nightwear.
  • Be careful when buying online - check your purchases meet mandatory Australian requirements...
  • Did you know that a hair straightener can get hot enough to fry an egg? Check out safety information on hair straighteners from Queensland Office of Fair Trading.
  • We’ve given our Product Safety Twitter account a brand new look.
  • You use the Recalls Australia iPhone app to stay on top of the latest recall information. Now get the new and improved features with the latest update!
  • This year two rare astronomical events will take place in Australia, the Transit of Venus and a total solar eclipse. Read the information available here and follow these tips for viewing these phenomena safely.
  • These Easter holidays, give yourself a break – not a product safety headache!
  • Keep summer fun - know how to stay safe!
  • Australians celebrating during the festive season are urged to consider the safety of candle holders and candle decorations, as some may be flammable. Combustible candle holders are banned from supply in Australia.
  • An additional five teeth whitening kits have been recalled due to unsafe levels of either hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide.
  • Recent testing of foam play mats and toys for the chemical formamide has found no evidence that these products present any risk to children.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury has issued a warning notice to the public in relation to amber teething necklaces.
  • Baby slings can be dangerous for your baby if worn incorrectly or if the wrong type of sling is used. Check out this alert for tips on choosing, wearing and using slings safely.
  • Babies dummies and chains with decorations (or 'bling') have been banned effective immediately following initial action taken by the NSW Fair Trading and a subsequent recommendation by the ACCC.
  • Sparklers are a popular novelty to use during birthday parties and other celebrations, however their danger can be underestimated. Adults and children have suffered severe burns from sparklers. NSW Health has released safety information from the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service in conjunction with the NSW Fire Brigades. Read about the hazards and follow the safety steps to help prevent injuries to yourself and others when using sparklers.
  • Children have died or suffered serious injuries from entangling themselves on drawstrings on their clothing. But there are things you can do to keep your children safe.
  • Shopping online can offer benefits such as increased choice and convenience, but you need to remain vigilant about product safety when buying products online.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, David Bradbury has issued a warning notice to the public in relation to ‘Keratin Complex Intense Rx’, a restructuring serum for hair.
  • Treadmills are a convenient way for adults to stay fit, but they can be extremely dangerous for infants and children. Children have been caught in treadmills as recently as this January. Check out the hazards and some simple tips on using and storing treadmills safely.
  • Carbon monoxide is a toxic, colourless and odourless gas that can come out of many commonly used items. It can cause long-term health effects such as heart disease and brain damage and is often deadly. Learn about the hazards and some tips on how to help avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • The Queensland Minister for Fair Trading has issued a safety warning notice about two models of Phil and Teds strollers. There are serious concerns about the safety of the strollers, based on their stability when fitted with an additional seat.
  • Portable music players like iPods, mp3 & mp4 players can cause short-term hearing loss.

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