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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Consumers warned after Christmas rope lights recall

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Consumers warned after Christmas rope lights recall

    Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick today warned Queensland consumers about the voluntary recall by a manufacturer of three different types of Christmas lights which could cause fires or give people an electric shock.

    Mr Dick said the recall applied to the Christmas Essentials brand of decorative lights, the 10 metre Rope Light Static - 9338195433312, the 10 metre Rope Light with Function – 9338195433329 and the 10 metre Connectable Rope Light – 9338195433336.

    “These rope lights are being recalled because they do not comply with Australian Electrical Safety Standards,” Mr Dick said.

    “They may contain exposed or un-insulated wiring, which could cause a fire or expose people to the risk of electric shock.

    “Consumers should stop using the product immediately and return them to the retail store where it was purchased for a refund.

    “The Queensland Electrical Safety Office is assisting with the voluntary recall and has advised that there are no reports of anyone in Queensland having received an electric shock from this product.”

    Mr Dick said the Christmas lights were sold nationally between 23 September and 4 November 2010 through retail outlets Sam’s Warehouse, Crazy Clark’s, Go-Lo and Chickenfeed.

    “While displays of Christmas lights are a hallmark of the festive season, it is important that Queenslanders ensure their lights are safe for their families,” he said.

    “If you have any doubts about the electrical safety of any Christmas lights, decorative lighting, or your electrical installation, visit http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/electrical-safety or contact a licensed electrical contractor.”

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487