Health Canada

Health Canada

June 27, 2011 17:11 ET

Consumers Warned About Dangers Associated With Firepots and Gel Fuels

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2011) -

The issue:

Pourable gel fuels can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when they are poured into a firepot that is still burning or still hot. Gel fuels that splatter and ignite can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.

Who is affected:

Consumers who have purchased pourable gel fuels for firepots are affected. These products may pose flammability and burn hazards to both children and adults.

What consumers should do

  • Consumers should read all labels on fuel reservoirs and fuel bottles and be aware of the hazards posed by gel fuels.

  • Any product containing liquid or gel fuels should be kept out of reach of young children and locked out of sight when not in use.

  • Never burn firepots on or near anything that can catch fire. Always completely extinguish firepot flame and never leave unattended. Never add gel fuel to an open fire or flame. Be certain that the flame is out by allowing the product to cool completely before refilling. Keep gel fuels away from any flame, pilot light, or other object that can create a spark.

What Health Canada is doing:

Bottles and jugs of pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel are being voluntarily recalled by the suppliers. 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.

Background:

Firepots and gel fuels are subject to the safety standards of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 under the authority of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

Products recalled/affected:

http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1359

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report problems with consumer products:

Incident Report - Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9

Related Health Canada Web content:

- Information on the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations (http://hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/acts-lois/consumerchemicals-eng.php) (CCCR 2001) of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    (613) 957-2983

    Public Inquiries:
    (613) 957-2991
    1-866-225-0709