Gel Fuel For Outdoor Patio Firepots Recalled Due To Serious Burns And Deaths
As reported in The New York Times, consumers were urged today by Inez Tenenbaum, head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to stop using the pourable gel fuel and to contact the manufacturer or distributor for a refund. “It’s a dangerous product that we want to warn consumers to stop using,” Tenenbaum said. “Stop, drop and roll or trying to smother it (the flames) does not work.” Flash fires created by the thick, alcohol-based gels are difficult to put out with water and more effectively stopped with dry powder extinguishers, Tenenbaum added.
The CPSC reports 65 incidents “resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.”
To see a complete list of fuel gel manufacturers that have recalled their products and to submit a complaint, please visit Lieff Cabraser’s Firepot Fuel Gel Recall information page.