460,000 Bottles of Pourable Gel Fuel Recalled
Napa Home and Garden has recalled their Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs due to fire and burn hazards. The gel fuel, which is a form of ethanol, is used in decorative firepots and has been linked to 37 incidents, including 23 burn injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Of the dozens of fire and burn incidents stemming from use of the product, the case of 14 year-old Michael Hubbard is particularly severe. Michael is still in a coma after being badly burned when someone near him tried to refill a firepot with fuel gel in May of this year. “The firepot and the container both exploded, covering Michael in burning gel,” a Suffolk County news release stated. He remains in a comatose state resulting from burns and burn-related organ failure.
In response to the incident, Ed Romaine, a legislator in Suffolk County in New York, has introduced “Michael’s Law,” which would ban the sale of gel fuels in the county, if passed.
The Dangers of Fuel Gels
According to the Suffolk County news release-
- The properties of fuel gel are such that as the amount of gel remaining decreases, it becomes difficult to determine if the substance is still burning.
- There is no wick in these products; the entire surface of the gel burns.
- Fuel gel is difficult to remove from any surface, including human skin, which increases the risk of injury and the severity of injuries.
- The fuel gel is difficult to extinguish- Conventional methods of fire extinguishing, such as smothering the fire or rolling on the floor or ground, are not as effective on fires involving fuel gel as the burning gel simply sticks to any surface and ignites.
About the Recall
The recalled product is “a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents,” according to the CPSC recall notice. The fuel gels were sold between December 2009 and June 2011 for between $5 to $78 at:
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Restoration Hardware
- specialty and gift shops
- furniture stores
- home and garden stores nationwide
- home and garden catalogs
- home decorators and landscape architects
The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs for a full refund.
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