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Safety alert: Pourable Gel Fuel

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On 2011-09-01, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a safety alert regarding Pourable Gel Fuel due to a potential burn and flash fire hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2008 for about $5 to $20.

About 2 million units are involved in this Pacific Decor pourable gel fuel recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Gel Fuel category in 2011. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 5 million product units.

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What is the problem?

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. All pourable gel fuel, regardless of manufacturer, poses flash fire hazards.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall involves an estimated 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in scented and non-scented formulations.

The following companies/brands are participating in this recall. Several of the companies listed below have not yet provided images or remedy information but are expected to do so by the end of September, 2011. We will update this list with links to individual company recalls as they become available.

Bird Brain
Bond Manufacturing (Firebowl)
Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.)
Fuel Barons (OZOfire & SUREFIRE)
Lamplight Farms
Luminosities (Windflame) (OZOfire)
Pacific Décor (Pacific Flame)
Real Flame
Smart Solar (Smart Jel & Smart Garden)


Pourable fuel gel products made by Napa Home & Garden were previously recalled in June, 2011.

Information on where these items sold new+: The packages of gel fuel were sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel. Consumers should not attempt to use or fix pourable gel fuel bottles with homemade remedies, or replace the fuel with other flammable materials.

Consumers can contact these firms to obtain instructions for a refund of the product and for returning unused bottles and jugs:

Recalling Company/Brand

Website

Bird Brain

www.birdbrain.com

Bond Manufacturing

www.bondmfg.com

Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.)

www.thesunjelcompany.com

Fuel Barons

www.fuelbarons.com

Lamplight Farms

www.lamplight.com

Luminosities (Windflame)

www.windflame.com

Pacific Décor

www.pacificdecorltd.com

Real Flame

www.realflamerecall.com

Smart Solar

smartsolar.com/USA


Retailers should stop sale of existing inventory and immediately remove all stock of pourable gel fuel from shelves. Some firms are working on a design for caps that may prevent flash fire hazards.

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC is aware of 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. Of the 65 incidents, 28 of them, including 37 burn injuries and two fatalities, occurred with fuel gel products made by Napa Home & Garden, which conducted a recall of its products in June 2011, in cooperation with CPSC.

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+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.

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Sources may include: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and companies involved with this or a related recall.