People purchase fire pots for outdoor patio lighting. But the pourable gel fuels used in the fire pots can ignite unexpectedly and cause severe second- and third-degree burns or fatal burns when the fuel is poured into an already-lit fire pot. The gel fuel used in fire pots has been linked to dozens of severe burns and two deaths, prompting a broad recall, according to federal consumer safety advocates.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while using a fire gel pot, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Manufacturers have a legal duty to make and sell safe products that do not cause injury when used as intended. Our Morristown personal injury lawyers at The Terry Law Firm have been assisting victims of personal injury and defective products in East Tennessee for more than five decades.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency responsible for protecting the public from risk of injury or death from unsafe products, announced a recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by nine manufacturers and distributors. Pourable gel used in firepots is associated with 65 accidents, including two fire fatalities and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns to the face, chest, hands, arms and legs, according to federal product safety regulators.
The pourable gel fuel is typically sold in jugs or bottles. The gel fuels are petroleum-based and are particularly hazardous if aspirated into the lungs. They can cause chemical pneumonia, pulmonary edema and death. Fires caused by the pourable gel fuels are difficult to extinguish.
If you have suffered a serious burn injury from pourable fuel gel used in a firepot, contact a team of Morristown personal injury attorneys who have more than 50 years of hands-on experience. We can’t heal your burns, but we can help you obtain compensation to provide financial security and some peace of mind during the lengthy recovery process.
Call us at (423) 536-6220 to schedule your free initial consultation.