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CPSC publishes notice of proposed rulemaking for gel fuels, firepots

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted (4-0) Friday to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) aimed at improving the safety of gel fuels and firepots.

CPSC is aware of 65 incidents involving gel fuels and firepots between April 2010 and September 2011, which have resulted in two deaths and at least 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.

The Commission invites written comments from the public regarding the risks of injury associated with gel fuels and firepots and ways to address these risks. Following publication of the ANPR in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to provide comments to the Commission. Comments can be submitted at regulations.gov.

The ANPR also alerts the industry to the possibility of federal standards being introduced for the labeling or performance of a product, or a ban if no adequate standard can be found. The process gives manufacturers a chance to present evidence to show they have set up their own effective industry standards.

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