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Firepot manufacturer halts sales after accidents

After reports of numerous burn injuries, Duluth, Ga.-based Napa Home and Garden issued a "precautionary hold" on sales of its gel burners and gel fuels. 

According to the company, the decorative firepots made by Napa and other suppliers are sold in most major mass market retailers and thousands of independent stores.

"My wife KC and I decided to take this step when we learned about recent reports of serious injuries," said owner Jerry Cunningham. "We have sold tens of thousands of Fire Burners and fuel during the last two years and have always considered them safe products."

After numerous reports of burning injuries in the New York Times and other media outlets, the company said it is taking the following three steps:

• Requesting all customers temporarily remove gel burners and gel fuel from the shelves as a precaution;

• Using a third-party safety expert to review the product's safety, warning labels and "Care and Use" information to make sure it provides accurate and complete safety information to the consumer; and

• Investigating the accidents to determine if there was anything wrong with any batch of fuel.

"I don't know what the other suppliers are experiencing," Cunningham said. "But we're a small family owned business, we care very much about our customers, and we want to help assure our products are used safely."

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