Fire prevention specialist Ron Humphrey says the gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter on anyone nearby.
Nationally, the fire pots are blamed in at least 65 incidents that resulted 34 people being hospitalized with severe burns — and two deaths.
Most of the incidents occurred when people were refilling the fire pots with the gel as the flame died down and appeared to be completely out.
“When they put more fuel into it, it reignites and causes – for lack of a better word – an explosion. The fuel gets splattered on anybody standing next to it,” Humphrey said.
The recall order also directs retailers in Nebraska to stop selling the gel fuel. Humphrey is encouraging people to stop using the gel fuel or to at least take notice of the potential danger.
“The big thing is never add fuel to (the fire pot) until you are sure it is out or completely cool,” Humphrey said.
More information about the recall is available on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website: www.cpsc.gov