Health Canada

Health Canada

September 02, 2011 18:26 ET

Update to Gel Fuel Advisory

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

The issue:

Health Canada is reminding consumers about the potential risk associated with the use of gel fuels and fire pots. 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.

On September 1, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release ( announcing a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by nine different companies.

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:

Health Canada is warning consumers that pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. The Department is monitoring the voluntary recall of one brand of gel fuel used in firepots and is investigating whether any of the nine companies identified in the CPSC news release have distributed gel fuel in Canada. Health Canada will take appropriate action should any additional products be identified as posing a risk to consumers.

Products recalled/affected:

Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs (

This list will be updated should any additional gel fuels be recalled. All consumer product recalls ( in Canada can be found on the Health Canada website.

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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:

Phone: 1-866-662-0666 (calls will be routed to closest regional office)
Mail: Incident Report - Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9

Related Health Canada Web content:

- Advisory (June 27, 2011): Consumers warned about Dangers Associated with Firepots and Gel Fuels (

- Information on the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations ( 2001) of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

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