Mother of Deceased Child Petitions Consumer Product Safety Commission for Safer Tiki-style Torch Fuel Packaging

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Following the death of her two-year-old son who consumed tiki-style torch fuel thinking it was apple juice, Bettsy Bumpas is petitioning the Consumer Product Safety Commission proposing safer, non-transparent packaging for torch fuel and asking for public input, according to Carr & Carr Attorneys.

Jhonethyn Bumpas died after drinking torch fuel that he believed was apple juice.

Jhonethyn Bumpas died after drinking torch fuel that he believed was apple juice.

Torch fuel packaging must be changed so no more children die because they thought they were drinking apple juice.

Following the death of her two-year-old son who consumed tiki-style torch fuel thinking it was apple juice, Bettsy Bumpas is petitioning the Consumer Product Safety Commission proposing safer, non-transparent packaging for torch fuel and asking for public input, according to Carr & Carr Attorneys.

Bumpas says her two-year-old son mistakenly drank torch fuel thinking it was apple juice, and is petitioning the CPSC, requesting torch fuel containers be altered so they do not look like juice containers that children are drawn to. She asks people to send comments to the CPSC supporting her petition. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, November 16, 2011, according to Carr & Carr Attorneys. To submit a comment, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/torchfuel.

“I have petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission to request that packaging be changed,” says Bumpas. “I am not asking that the product be outlawed or removed from the market, just that the container be altered so it doesn’t look like juice containers that children are drawn to.”

Jhonethyn Bumpas from Duncan, Oklahoma, was celebrating his second birthday when he drank torch fuel and died a short time later. His mother believes he thought the yellow liquid was apple juice. She is now dedicating her life to creating a safer environment for children by campaigning for packaging changes that would require the dangerous liquid be sold in non-transparent containers.

With new regulations, Bumpas believes the CPSC can prevent future injuries and deaths by requiring packagers of torch fuel to package it in containers that make it impossible to see the fuel in the container.

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