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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
April 26, 1994
Release # 94-062

Loomis Sales Co. Recalls 33-Inch Citronella Lawn Torch

PRODUCT: Approximately 362,000 33-inch Citronella Scented Lawn Torches, Item GE221, distributed by Loomis Sales Co. to retailers nationwide from January 1993 to August 1993. The torch is a 33-inch painted bamboo stick, supporting a wax candle covered in bright yellow wax paper. The name "Loomis Sales Co." appears on the packaging. It is used outdoors for lighting and insect control.

PROBLEM: Bystanders may sustain burn injuries from spattering hot wax.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using the torches and return them to place of purchase for a full refund.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Loomis Sales Co., Transfer, PA, is voluntarily recalling its 33-inch Citronella Scented Lawn Torch, Item GE221. Loomis distributed approximately 362,000 lawn torches to retailers nationwide from January 1993 to August 1993.

The torches may have the potential to spatter hot wax while in use, possibly burning bystanders. Loomis Sales Co. has received 10 incidents alledgedly involving burn injuries.

The lawn torches, designed for temporary outside lighting and insect control, are 33 inches long, cylinder-shaped, citronella-scented, wax candles on bamboo stakes wrapped in bright yellow packaging. The name "Loomis Sales Co." appears on the packaging.

Consumers should stop using the lawn torches and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

CPSC is announcing this recall as a part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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