23 November 2013

'Fire Wallets' safety warning issued due to possible asbestos risk

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This media release discusses the asbestos risk associated with a product known as "fire wallets" sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at this years Royal Melbourne Show.

The Federal Government has issued a Safety Warning Notice to consumers about an asbestos risk associated with a product known as “fire wallets” sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

The Safety Warning Notice also states that fire wallets sold more widely are under investigation to determine whether these products may also cause injury to consumers.

The Safety Warning Notice can be read in full at www.productsafety.gov.au on the ‘Alerts’ page.

Fire wallets have the appearance of a regular leather wallet but when opened, can produce a large flame. They are sold online, in magic shops and in novelty stores.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently tested a small sample of fire wallets for asbestos, following a consumer complaint.

Some wallets tested contained asbestos and investigations into the safety of these products are continuing.

The Safety Warning Notice warns of possible asbestos exposure risks involved with the use of fire wallets sold by the eBay trader ‘All Media Collectables’ and at one stall (not in show bags) at the Royal Melbourne Show.

All Media Collectables has notified the ACCC that they are recalling the fire wallets supplied on eBay and will directly contact all affected customers.

If you have purchased a fire wallet, it is recommended you immediately cease using it.

Safety steps for handling and disposing of these fire wallets:

  1. Stop handling or using the product immediately
  2. Double-bag it in durable plastic bags
  3. Store it away safely, well out of reach of children
  4. Email the ACCC at productsafety@accc.gov.au to be sent safe disposal advice.

Otherwise, call the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502 Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 8pm.

You can also register your details online on the new National Asbestos Exposure Register www.asbestossafety.gov.au/national-asbestos-exposure-register