The Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, has announced a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already buring fire pot.

The recall invovles 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels sold since 2008 for between $5-$20. Reports state that the pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and nearby objects when it is poured into a fire pot that is still burning. The CPSC has knowledge of 65 incidents resulting in 2 deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns.

Consumers should not attempt to use or fix the pourable gel fuel bottles or replace the fuel with other flammable materials. Retailers are asked to immediately stop the sales of existing inventory and remove all the stock from shelves. For a complete list of the companies and distributors, as well as the name on the products, please visit www.cpsc.gov

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