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Recall of the Week: Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs

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By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

About 460,000 Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs distributed by Napa Home & Garden are being recalled.

The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer doesn’t see the flame or isn’t aware that the firepot is still ignited. Fuel gel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.

Napa is aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

The product is a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.

The gel fuel was sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware, specialty and gift shops, furniture stores, and home and garden stores nationwide, as well as through Amazon.com, home and garden catalogs, and home decorators and landscape architects. Sold between December 2009 and June 2011, the cost of the gel fuel was $5 to $78.

Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise in a statement.

A retrofit for the Napa brand firepots is being evaluated and may be available soon.

For additional information, call Napa Home & Garden at 888-893-2323 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit Napa’s website at www.napahomeandgarden.com, or write to Napa, 3270 Summit Ridge Parkway, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30096-1617

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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