Manufacturers of Firepots and Fuel Gel have issued a voluntary recall after receiving 65 reports of people who have been severely burned after the Firepots exploded, splattering sticky fuel gel on people and objects nearby. The products have caused at least two deaths, and dozens of people have suffered second- and third-degree burns.
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What is the problem with Firepots?
The Firepot is a ceramic bowl that a user fills with fuel gel. It is intended to create a long-lasting flame that can be used to light outdoor areas. Some fuel gels also come with pleasant scents and bug-repellent.
Unfortunately, dozens of injuries have been caused by these products. They may tip over, spilling sticky fuel gel on nearby people. They may also explode, which is particularly likely during the refueling process. When the firepot burns low, the flame may be invisible. It may appear to be out. However, this is not the case. When a person adds extra fuel to the product, they are pouring fuel onto an open flame, which is extremely dangerous.
The fuel gel may be 90% ethyl alcohol, which is extremely flammable and ignites easily. When poured onto an open flame, it may cause a massive flash fire and ignite the fuel gel.
The fuel gel is particularly dangerous because it is sticky. If it comes in contact with a person, it is very difficult to extinguish. People who have been injured have reported that Stop, Drop, and Roll was completely ineffective for extinguishing this flame. Experts now recommend that baking soda or a dry fire extinguisher may be the only way to put out this fire.
Injuries Caused by Firepots and Fuel Gel
There have been at least two people who have died from injuries caused by the Fireport and Fuel Gels. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has been informed of at least 65 incidents. These included 34 cases of second- and third-degree burns on the face, chest, hands, arms, or legs.
At least 37 of the injuries were caused by products created by Napa Home & Garden, which issued a recall of its products in June 2011. Before then, the company had sold approximately 450,000 ceramic firepots. Many injuries have also been reported from products created by Bird Brain, Inc.
Firepot and Fuel Gel Recall
In September 2011, the manufacturers of Firepots and Fuel Gel cooperated with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to issue a widespread, voluntary recall of these products. This includes approximately 2 million products. Some types of fuel gel are sold in small tin cans; others are sold in plastic jugs. There are scented and unscented varieties. They have been sold in various home and garden companies, and also Bed Bath & Beyond. The products have been sold since 2008.
The nine manufacturers issuing the recall are:
- Bird Brain Inc., of Ypsilanti, Mich.
- Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.
- Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
- Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nev.
- Lamplight Farms Inc. of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
- Luminosities Inc. (Windflame) of St. Paul, Minn.
- Pacific Décor Ltd. of Woodinville, Wash.
- Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
- Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Fla.
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