Chiefs association seeks warning labels on kerosene heaters

Chiefs association seeks warning labels on kerosene heaters

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission require warning labels on kerosene heaters, saying that they’re subject to uncontrollable flare-up even when used according to the manufacturers’ directions.

The commission, which evaluates the safety of products sold to the public, will consider the IAFC’s request and another one from the National Kerosene Heater Association regarding kerosene heaters. The NKHA asked the commission to develop a rule containing required limits on nitrogen dioxide emissions.

The commission hadn’t made a decision regarding either request at press time. However, CPSC staff recommendations on flare-up were split between conducting more research, participating in the development of a voluntary warning label, and developing a voluntary or mandatory’ performance standard for consumers.

During their study of kerosene heaters, commission staff members identified three safety hazards: fire, contact burns, and indoor air pollution. They noted that the risk of death when a fire occurs is greater with kerosene heaters than with any other heater. Kerosene heaters are the cause of about 2,300 fires and 100 deaths each year.

According to the CPSC’s Office of the General Counsel, the commission must find that kerosene heaters carry one or more unreasonable risks of injury’ in order to implement either the IAFC’s or the NKHA’s request.

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