UPDATE: Due to the serious risk of flash fire and burns, NFPA and CPSC warn consumers to immediately stop using pourable gel fuel
September 2, 2011 -- In a press release issued yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, announced a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies.
NFPA issued a warning in August urging the public to use extreme caution when using gel fuel, a product typically used with fire pots, personal fireplaces, and some patio torches. In light of the recall, NFPA recommends that consumers immediately stop using pourable gel fuel and contact the manufacturers for refund and product return information.
NFPA offers the following safety tips when using devices that gel fuel:
- Keep your face away from the device when refueling.
- If gel fuel is spilled on clothing, remove the clothing and launder it immediately.
- Never leave a lit fire pot, personal fireplace or patio torch unattended.
- Keep these devices at least one foot from anything that can burn.
- Place the fire pot or personal fireplace on a sturdy surface.
- Make sure patio torches are secure and not in the path of people or pets.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away.
- These devices will be hot during and after burning; do not touch or move.
- Be careful reaching over the device because clothing or hair could catch fire.
- Use only gel fuel to refuel. Never substitute another kind of fuel.
- Citronella gel fuel is intended for outdoor use only.
- Allow the device to cool for 30–45 minutes before refueling.
- Pouring gel fuel in a device that is not completely cool may result in a fire or injury.
- Store the gel fuel in its tightly sealed original container; away from heat sources and out of reach of children and pets.
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