The Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act became law on July 17. It requires child-resistant caps on portable gasoline containers manufactured after January 17, 2009."This law is another step in reducing preventable injury to children," said Mitchell R. Stoller, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "We expect to see fewer gasoline-related incidents that send children to the emergency room every year with painful, sometimes disfiguring or even deadly injuries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 are treated in emergency departments because of gasoline-related injuries each year.
Though the containers are designed to hold dangerous, highly-flammable liquid, because they have been traditionally sold empty, portable gasoline containers have been exempt from fedeal law requring child-resistant packaging on containers holding poisonous materials.
Supported by Safe Kids USA and Safe Kids Kansas, H.R. 814 was introudced by representatives Dennis Moore (D-KS) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
Safe Kids USA is a global network of organizatons that works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Safe Kids Berks County is the local chapter of Safe Kids Worldwide, and can be contacted at SafeKidsBerks@aol.com, by or calling 610-374-4531 ext. 7117.