Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., co-introduced the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act, a bill that directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission to put forth a standard requiring flame mitigation devices like flame arrestors to be used to prevent fire accidents.
The companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives was led by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Dave Joyce R-Ohio.
"Keeping Americans safe means a commitment to consumer protection-consumers deserve products that meet strong health and safety standards," Klobuchar stated in a news release. "Our common sense legislation will improve safety codes so no tragic, accidental fires take another life."
According to the release, under current standards flammable or combustible liquids can ignite within their containers causing more than 160,000 fires, injuring nearly 4,000 people, and killing 454 each year. Flame arrestors can help prevent these types of accidents, but currently there is no requirement for them to be used for the consumer containers found in most homes and for everyday use. The Portable Fuel Container Safety Act is intended to establish safety standards to help prevent accidents of this nature.
The legislation is endorsed by the American Burn Association, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Association of State Fire Marshalls and the National Fire Protection Association.