Asbestos Endangers Children in Two Separate Incidents This Week

Authorities are warning the public that a magic toy sold online and at the Royal Melbourne Show could potentially expose purchasers to deadly asbestos fibres.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the gimmick wallets which release a large flame when opened, have been marketed and sold as a novelty or magic prop. 

The ACCC conducted tests on a small number of the fire wallets following a complaint, and it was discovered to contain some asbestos.

The wallets were reportedly sold on eBay in addition to this years Royal Melbourne Show. Consumers are advised that the fire wallets may contain asbestos and are subsequently hazardous. 

The eBay trader, All Media Collectables, informed the ACC that all fire wallets have been recalled and affected customers have been contacted.

Those who have purchased the wallets have been advised to double-bag it in durable plastic bags, store it out of reach of children and contact the ACCC on safe disposal guidelines.

This is not the only recent asbestos incident to risk the safety of children. Recently asbestos was discovered at a kindergarten in Kyneton after pieces of the deadly material were discovered in the playground.

Since then the Lady Brooks Kinder as advised closed by the Macedon Ranges Shire.

The council revealed that two pieces, the size of 50 cent coins, were not part of the kindergarten buildings, which have all been recently upgraded. Investigations are being conducted on whether the asbestos was brought onto the site, or dug up from below the surface of the playground.

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