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Stop, Drop & Roll Might not Work for Pourable Fire Gel-Fueled Fires

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It’s something you learn from your parents, or in school: If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll.  Unfortunately some flames will not die down after trying this tactic.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) if you still have recalled gel fuel in your home you may need baking soda or a dry chemical extinguisher to put out flames on clothing.

In 2011, the NFPA issued a warning to consumers who might not have been aware of the danger of fuel gel.  The association learned of several injuries due to accidents with the substance.

Pourable Gel Fuel Voluntarily Recalled, Warning to Consumers

Nine manufacturers issued a voluntary recall of pourable gel fuel in 2011 through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The recall included about two-million units of the gel fuel from these manufacturers:

• Bird Brain Inc., of Ypsilanti, Mich.
• Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Fla.
• Pacific Décor Ltd. Of Woodinville, Wash.
• Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.
• Lamplight Farms Inc. of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
• Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
• Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
• Luminosities Inc. (Windflame) of St. Paul, Minn.
• Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nev.

According to the CPSC, in 2011, there were at least 65 reported incidents including 2 deaths and 34 hospitalizations due to burns.  A portion of those happened with fuel gels by Napa Home & Garden, a manufacturer that also recalled its products in June 2011.

At that time it was found that when the gel was poured into a firepot that was still burning it could for example,  flare up or flash back and spray onto people nearby.  Napa Home & Garden recalled about 460,000 units of the pourable gel fuels.

Pourable Gel Fuel, Exploding Fire Pot Attorney

Before you use pourable gel fuel in your fire pot, make sure the product has not been recalled by the manufacturer.  Always use caution when pouring gel fuel into a fire pot and do not pour it in if it’s still burning.  Make sure you keep pourable gel fuel out of the reach of children.  Never leave a gel fuel burning in a fire pot that is unattended.

If you or a loved one were burned due to pourable gel fuel you should contact an attorney today.  You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.