House Passes Portable Fuel Container Safety Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019 (H.R. 806). This bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. and Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a rule or standard requiring portable fuel containers with a capacity of fewer than five gallons be equipped with flame mitigation devices that impede the spread of fire into the container. This legislation also requires the CPSC to undertake a campaign to educate consumers about the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame or any other source of ignition. On Sept. 18, 2019, the bill was introduced in the Senate, which has a companion bill (S. 1640) introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. For more information on the legislative process and the steps that this legislation must take before it becomes law, visit Congress.gov.