Interesting article about the benefits of investing in a fire sprinkler system. Asbury Park Press
By Kristi Funderburk – September 26, 2013 As Michael Carbone Sr. watched the massive Seaside fire barrel through three blocks toward his popular nightspot on the boardwalk, he thought the worst. “I see my building go up in flames. I tell my wife, ‘I lost the bar,’ but the next thing I know, the fire was out,” Carbone, owner of the Breachcomber Bar and Grill, said Wednesday. A fire sprinkler system that had been installed at the Beachcomber about a year ago saved Carbone’s Seaside Heights business. Sprinklers are also credited with saving Seaside Park’s Sawmill Cafe.[More]
News from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2011 Release #12-002 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel Fuel Gel Units: About 1.6 million bottles and cans Distributor: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich. Hazard: The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal. Incidents/Injuries: Bird Brain is aware of 20 reports of incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns. Description: This recall involves pourable gel fuels packaged in 16-ounce, 32-ounce and 64-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. The labels on the container say “Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel” or “BioFuel Fuel Gel.” The bottles were sold as single bottles and in multiple-bottle packages. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The CPSC website
lists the products affected. Sold at: Sears, K-Mart, Target and other major retailers; Amazon.com, Target.com, Buy.com and various online specialty, home and garden, pet and gift shops and independent retailers from October 2008 through August 2011. Individual units were sold for between $8 and $18. Multi-packs were sold for between for between $18 and $136. Manufactured in: U.S. and China Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel and return the gel fuel to the company for a full refund. Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bird Brain toll-free at (877) 414-0842 anytime (live operators available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday) or visit the company’s website at www.birdbrainrecall.com This firm is part of a larger set of pourable gel fuel recalls. For more information, please see: News Release: Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards (Sept. 1, 2011) News Release: Napa Home & Garden Recalls NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Fire and Burn Hazards (June 22, 2011) OnSafety Blog: Stop Using Pourable Gel Fuels (June 22, 2011) Alert: Press Statement on Gel Fuels and Other Illuminating Fuels (June 14, 2011) — CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on www.saferproducts.gov CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 414-0842
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Once started, a fire can rage out of control in minutes. Many people don’t realize how quickly a fire can spread. But a small fire can become a large one in the time it takes you to read this sentence. Here are eight common fire hazards, provided by Alan Price
, to keep in mind.
8 Common Fire Hazards
1. Walk away from something cooking in the kitchen: The kitchen is often the most fire-prone room in the house. Unattended toasters & hotplates, dishes that are not microwave proof, cookbooks near naked gas flames are common causes of fires.
2. Let your electrical cords get worn out: Frayed or chewed electrical cords start many house fires. Exposed electrical wires will light your floor or rug on fire in no time. Pets often chew on electrical cords as well, causing serious fire hazards.
3. Overload your power strips: Overloaded power strips can also cause fire. When overloaded, they can spark. If they’re anywhere near anything flammable and in most homes they are – a fire is very likely.
4. Buy a malfunctioning electrical appliance: Malfunctioning electrical appliances are a big source of fire. Most of us own more than a few electrical gadgets, all of which can malfunction at any time. Sparks from faulty toasters, coffee makers, televisions, computer monitors, or any electrical appliance you could name can cause serious fires.
5. Put something flammable near something hot: Getting anything flammable near a source of heat is a quick way to start a fire. Some dangerous examples include lamp shades that rest too close to the bulb, clothes or curtains too close to a radiator, or any flammable material close to a space heater.
6. Leave a candle unattended- just for a minute: Candles cause hundreds of fires every year. Even with a safe holder, candles should never be left unattended. It only takes a minute for a pet or child to knock a candle over – or just nudge it too close to flammable material
7. Use a fireplace or wood stove incorrectly: Fireplace and wood stoves can be fire hazards when not properly used. Make sure your chimney is clear and clean before burning anything. Never throw away ashes that aren’t 100% cool- even the tiniest smoldering coal could easily start a fire in your trash bin.
8. Leave burning cigarettes unattended: Cigarettes are a huge fire hazard. Smoking in bed, leaving a pipe or cigarette unattended, and emptying ashtray contents before they are cold cause hundreds of fires each year.