Recently, at a July 4th backyard barbecue, I noticed two bottles of Tiki torch fuel sitting on the deck floor by the steps. I found the friend who was hosting the party and asked if there was somewhere safe I could put the bottles.
“I think we just keep them on a shelf in the garage,” she replied. “Why?”
I responded that kids—many of whom were running through the sprinkler set up in the yard—often think Tiki torch fuel is apple juice and have been known to drink it. She looked at me with a combination of surprise and skepticism.
“That doesn’t really happen, does it?”
And it’s not just children. Fuel manufacturers have started to make changes to bottles to make them less appealing to kids, but that doesn’t stop people from pouring the fuel into cups and other containers, which then can easily be confused for juice. In fact, I know a woman whose grandmother died after drinking torch fuel that had been poured into a cup, and I found this report online.
Help keep everyone a little safer around Tiki torch fuel. Leave it in the original container and treat it like other poisons: store it up, away, and out of sight.