The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has negotiated recalls with two suppliers of cigarettes in Australia after testing revealed their products fail to comply with the mandatory safety standard for reduced fire risk.
Teething necklaces are primarily designed to be worn as jewellery, but they provide an additional function as a teether for babies. They are generally made of silicone or other chewable material beads, strung together to be worn by mum, and advertised as suitable for babies to chew on. Teething necklaces may be found on-line or at weekend markets.
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.
Although ethanol fireplaces and table top burners can be attractive home décor items that are used indoors and outdoors, they can cause burn injuries to you and your family members and property damage to your home. Watch the video and follow the tips to help stay safe.
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.
There is faulty electrical cabling in thousands of Australian homes and businesses. Time is running out before the cables become a fire or electrocution risk. Act now before it’s too late—get your cable checked.
Portable pools pose a serious drowning risk to children. The ACCC and state and territory consumer affairs regulators have partnered with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to educate consumers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools and provide tips and resources to help keep kids safe.
The Minister for Small Business, the Honourable Bruce Billson, has published a Safety Warning Notice about M Spa Inflatable Spas. There is a risk of electrocution to consumers due to a failure of insulation between a live part of the heating element and its metallic enclosure.
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.
Combustible candle holders can pose a fire risk if they catch on fire and remain on fire for more than five seconds instead of self-extinguishing. Australians celebrating during the festive season are urged to watch out for these products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.