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FDA warns of fires associated with OTC wart removers

Some over-the-counter wart removers that work by freezing the wart have caught fire during home use, harming some people or setting fire to items around the house, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. Since 2009, 14 complaints with cryogenic wart removers have been reported to the FDA. The products are a mixture of liquid dimethyl ether and propane, and the labels already state that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources, and cigarettes. In three of the reports, a candle was nearby, but in the other 11, the FDA says there were no other ... Read More

L’Oreal under attack after Garnier hair product exposes consumers to fire hazards due to flammability

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum is now under attack after several incidents were reported concerning the flammability of the product, posing substantial burn risks to the consumer’s face, head and neck. L’Oreal, the hair product’s parent company, has certain customers complaining they were not properly warned that the main ingredients of the product, cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol, contain an ignition point of only 171 degrees Fahrenheit – a considerably lower degree point than hair flat irons on the market today. A class action lawsuit against L’Oreal was filed in Los Angeles in June of 2011, saying: “L’Oreal placed ... Read More

Portable oxygen tanks recalled due to fire risk

Cylinders of medical oxygen come with warnings that their content is flammable and people who go around these medical devices either in homes or hospital settings are cautioned to handle the devices with care. But the Praxair Grab ‘n Go Vantage portable oxygen unit is being recalled because it has defect that makes it even more susceptible to catching fire. The Grab ‘n Go Vantage portable oxygen unit combines an aluminum cylinder with a regulator that releases the oxygen at the right pressure for medical use. The units are being recalled because if the tanks get kicked around or knocked ... Read More

Banana Boat sunscreen products recalled over fire risk

Most people use sunscreen to protect themselves from getting burned by the sun, never expecting the lotion could cause them to burst into flames. But the risk of catching on fire is what prompted the maker of Banana Boat sunscreen to recall several of its spray-on products. Energizer Holdings announced Friday that it is pulling 23 varieties of its Banana Boat UltraMist sunscreen products, saying that a defective spray nozzle could be allowing too much of the lotion to be applied to the skin. If a person who uses the recalled products comes into contact with an open flame while ... Read More

minimize risk of truck fire with trucking association’s guidelines

Last week we reported that the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) established a task force to investigate the causes of commercial truck fires and prescribe possible solutions. The issue has taken on a special urgency because truck fires today tend to be much more intense than they were when cabs sported utilitarian interiors that were less conducive to heat and flame. Modern cab and sleeper trim, new composites and flammable glues invite the small spark of an electrical short or the heat of two crossed wires to ignite a fire and engulf all parts of the truck ... Read More

Task Force studies why truck fires are more intense, recommends solutions

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) has established a Task Force to investigate the causes of commercial motor vehicle fires and to identify measures to prevent them. According to one electrical expert and Council contributor, Bruce Purkey of Purkey’s Fleet Electric, truck fires are especially dangerous in today’s trucks for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. “I don’t know if there are more truck fires today or just that, now, they are catastrophic when they happen,” Purkey told Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. “It used to be that when a fire happened, you’d burn up some wires and paint, ... Read More