Pourable Gel Fuels and Fire Gels have been rapidly recalled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and across the country during October 2011. This was likely prompted by an article the New York Times published this summer illustrating a number of horrific incidents in which consumers were badly burned as a result of flash fire explosions from pourable fuel gels.
Pennsylvania consumers are being warned that the pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited, which is often the case. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites acts as a napalm-like agent that has been reported to continue burning following multiple attempts to extingusih the flaim. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning Pennsylvania residents that pourable gels pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.
Leading the pack in recalls this month is the aptly named Bird Brain, Inc out of Michigan. Bird Brain is recalling approximately 1.6 million bottles and cans of its pourable fuel gel products. Other companies joining in the recall are:
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 Woodinwille, Wash.
Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Fla.
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