CPSC Starts Rulemaking on Gel Fuels

The commission voted 4-0 to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking. Between April 2010 and September 2011, at least 65 incidents involving gel fuels and firepots have injured 34 people and killed two, the agency says.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 4-0 on Dec. 16 to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking intended to increase the safety of gel fuels and firepots. CPSC said the commissioners acted because the agency knows of 65 incidents involving these products between April 2010 and September 2011 that killed two people and injured at least 34 people who were hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms, or legs.

The ANPRM asks for comments from the public on how to reduce the risks of injury. It also alerts manufacturers that federal standards made be enacted governing the labeling or performance of a product or banning them if no adequate standard can be found. Manufacturers thus have a chance to show they obey their own, effective industry standards.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, visit www.saferproducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772.

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