State Fire Marshal Provides Gel Fuel Safety Tips

Gel fuel, an alcohol or ethanol based ignitable liquid, poses several safety risks including fires, burns and explosions. Gel fuel sticks to most surfaces, including clothing and skin. Stop, Drop, and Roll will not put out gel fuel fires. A dry chemical extinguisher or baking soda is needed to extinguish these fires. Any clothing that comes in contact with gel fuel should be laundered immediately.

Fast Facts About Gel Fuel

  • Gel fuel is highly flammable.
  • This thick gel-like liquid is used in decorative ceramic ports, personal fireplaces and torches, and also as air fresheners and insect repellants.
  • Gel fuel is poured into a metal container and places in a particular device. It has the ability to invisibly burn without a wick.

Reduce the Risk

  • Be sure to keep at least a three-foot area around the device free of any combustible materials.
  • Never leave any open flame unattended. Keep all children and pets at least three feet away.
  • Allow the device to cool for at least 24 hours before refueling. Pouring gel fuel in a device that is not cool or is still lit could result in an explosion, severe injury or even death.
  • Store the gel fuel in a sealed container away from heat sources and out of reach of children and pets.