Searcy Denney Consumer Alert: US Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Warning on Gel Fuels and Other Illuminating Fuels
June 15, 2011, WEST PALM BEACH – Our firm has become aware of the recently reported incidents involving serious burns related to gel fuel used in firepots. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) began an investigation last week to review the serious injury claims which have been reported.
The CPSC advises that consumers using fuel gel and firepots should use extreme caution. It is important to follow proper safety guidelines when refueling any open-flame devices. We have received reports of consumers who believed flames were fully extinguished when they were actually still burning. Flames can be burning blue and be difficult to see. Fuel should only be added when flames are fully extinguished and containers are cool to the touch. Adding fuel to an open-flame is potentially hazardous and can cause burns and uncontrolled fires.
Please be sure to keep any gel fuel out of reach of children. Gel fuel generally consists of petroleum distillates, a class of chemicals which is particularly hazardous.
For additional information and updates, please visit the CPSC website: www.cpsc.gov
CPSC press statement regarding gel fuels: http://www.cpsc.gov/PR/fuels06142011.html
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