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NFPA: Use caution with gel fuels

August 17, 2011

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Quincy, MA – The standard stop, drop and roll technique may not help extinguish flames stemming from gel fuel, the National Fire Protection Association warned on Aug. 11. Gel fuels commonly are used as an ignition source in fire pots, personal fireplaces and some patio torches.

NFPA offered the following safety tips for using gel fuels:

  • Never leave a lit firepot, personal fireplace or patio torch unattended.
  • Place these devices on a steady surface, at least 1 foot away from any flammable materials.
  • Keep your face away from the device during refueling.
  • If gel fuel is spilled on clothes, remove clothing and launder immediately.
  • Be careful when reaching over devices, as clothing or hair could ignite.
  • Only refuel devices with gel fuel. Do not substitute another type of fuel.
  • Allow devices 30-45 minutes to cool before attempting to refuel.
  • Use a dry chemical extinguisher or baking soda to extinguish flames if a fire breaks out.
  • Store gel in the original container, tightly sealed. Keep the container away from children, pets and heat sources.

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