ATLANTA (WAOK)-A Duluth Georgia company is recalling nearly a half million bottles of the gel fuel used to light firepots.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission last week ruled that the gel fuel manufactured by Napa Home & Garden of Duluth, Ga., could ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. The commission said it was aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

The bottles and jugs in question were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Restoration Hardware, and other home and garden stores between December 2009 and June 2011.

According to the CPSC, consumers apparently cannot always tell whether the flame in the firepots, is completely extinguished. Pouring more gel on a still-burning pot can lead to dangerous flares or burns.

BirdBrain Inc., another fuel gel manufacturer based in Ypsilanti, Mich., is being sued in three cases involving  a 13-year-old New Jersey girl, an 8-year-old Maryland boy and a 3-year-old Illinois girl, each of whom spent weeks in the hospital recovering from severe burns last year. BirdBrain products have not officially been recalled.

Napa Company officials are considering the possibility of selling single-use cans of gel fuel.

If  you purchased the recalled gel fuel you can return the bottles to the retailer where the products were purchased for a full refund.


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