Fire officials warn of dangers of fuel gel products and burning devices

NORWICH – Chenango County’s top fire official is joining the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control in warning the public of the potential hazards of using fuel gel products and the devices in which they are burned.

“This is a very dangerous product,” said Chenango County Fire Coordinator Matthew Beckwith.

Fuel gel is an ignitable, alcohol-based liquid thinkened with other ingredients to syrupy, gel-like consistency which burns readily without a wick. It often contains additives, such as scented oils or insect repellant, like citronella.

“There have been recent incidents of severe burn injuries to residents in the state as a result of the improper use of fuel gel products and devices. These incidents involved the use of ‘fuel gel’ burning ‘fire pots.’” reported Deputy State Fire Administrator John F. Mueller, in a fire safety warning issued last week by the state agency, which is a division of New York’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

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