Fire Pots and Gel Fuel


Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,  Dec. 23, 2011


CPSC has reason to believe that firepots and gel fuel used together may present an unreasonable risk of injury. As of September 30, 2011, the Commission is aware of 76 incidents that resulted in 2 deaths and 86 injuries involving firepots used with gel fuel. All of these incidents occurred between April 3, 2010 and September 1, 2011. Many of the injuries were severe; over half of the victims reportedly required hospitalization. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”) initiates a rulemaking proceeding under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”). We invite comments concerning the risk of injury associated with firepots, gel fuel and gel fuel containers, the regulatory alternatives discussed in this notice, and other possible ways to address this risk. We also invite interested persons to submit an existing standard or a statement of intent to modify or develop a voluntary standard to address the risk of injury described in this notice.


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Related Resources

CPSC Staff Proposes Draft Language for the UL 1370 Task Group

CPSC Staff Request for Re-Formation of a Working Group and Staff’s Recommendation for Requirements to Address Hazards Associated with Portable Liquid or Gel Fueled Fireplaces

Comment Request: National Institute of Standards and Technology Report,“Technical Note 1791: Evaluation of Firepots and Gel Fuels (Comments Due July 1, 2013)