Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned Citizens and residents of Canada sign this petition freely and call upon the Government of Canada to legislate a Bill requiring Operational Flame Arresters on all Consumer disposable flammable liquid fuel containers.
The Government of Canada shares your concerns regarding the serious fire and burn risks associated with the use of disposable flammable liquid fuel containers that are not equipped with a functional flame arrestor. We are committed to helping protect Canadians from potentially harmful consumer products.
In response to incident reports describing fatalities and serious injuries, Health Canada has assessed the hazard associated with flame-jetting occurrences that may result from the use of pourable alcohol-based fuels and portable firepots. In 2019, Health Canada determined that certain fire pots that use pourable fuels and certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels that are not equipped with a functional flame mitigation device (FMD) pose a danger to human health or safety, as per the meaning of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). Health Canada focused its assessment and risk management actions on containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels. Alcohol-based fuels are particularly dangerous because alcohol flames are difficult to see, especially when the fuel is low, and this has led to consumers pouring fuel over a pre-existing flame.
To inform Canadians about the flame-jetting hazard that may be present with the use of products that they have already purchased, Health Canada published an advisory on October 9, 2019 highlighting the health and safety risks of certain pourable fuels and portable firepots and steps that Canadians can take to avoid incidents. On the same day, Health Canada published a new portable fireplaces, firepots, and liquid and gel fuels safety webpage, which informs Canadians about the flame-jetting hazard and safe use practices for pourable fuels and portable firepots. We will continue to work to raise awareness on these important safety messages.
Products that pose a danger to human health or safety are prohibited from manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale in Canada. On October 9, 2019, Health Canada distributed a notice to industry, consumer groups, Canadian burn care centres, and establishments that may manufacture, import, advertise or sell the products of concern detailing the danger conclusion and the identified measures that can be taken to reduce health or safety risks. Health Canada has been actively working with industry to make sure products are compliant. If a company does not cooperate with Health Canada to voluntarily remove a product that represents a serious risk to human health or safety, Health Canada can escalate compliance and enforcement actions, depending on the severity of the situation or concern. This may include publishing advisories, product seizures, orders and/or the issuance of a notice of violation that assesses an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) calculated in accordance with the Administrative Monetary Penalties (Consumer Products) Regulations under the CCPSA.
Health Canada has been collaborating with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and other stakeholders in the development of two ASTM International safety standards to address the flame-jetting hazard. A safety standard related to firepots was published in February 2019 (ASTM F3363–19, Standard Specification for Unvented Liquid/Gel Fuel-Burning Portable Devices). Another safety standard related to FMDs on disposable fuel containers is currently being developed (ASTM WK60590 – New Standard Specification for Flame Mitigation Devices for Disposable Flammable Liquid Fuel Containers) and is expected be finalized by spring 2020.
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