Tabletop torch recalled for burn danger

Big Lots recalling torches


Many people are spending their summer nights outside and they might have some torches to provide some extra light. If they bought some tabletop torches at Big Lots, they could be facing the risk of being burned. 

Working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Big Lots is recalling 30,000 tabletop torches. Nine people report suffering burns. 

Once lit, the glass citronella table torches can flare up and emit burning lamp oil onto consumers and property.

Big Lots has received 20 reports of liquid fuel erupting from the torches with high flames, including two serious injuries with second and third degree burns and seven with minor burns. 

One of the serious burn injuries involved burns to the legs and abdomen and a second victim received burns all over the body while attempting to extinguish the flames. All of the incidents involved property damage. 

Stop Using Torches 

This recall involves large and small round tabletop torches that have a wick and burn liquid citronella fuel.

The large torches have a steel fuel container covered in multi-colored glass in a mosaic pattern.  The large torch measures about 10 inches in diameter, 5 inches high, and weighs about 2 ½ pounds. The small torches have multi-colored glass fuel container with a metal and wire stand.

They measure about 5 inches in diameter, 5½ inches high and weigh about one pound.  "Table Top Torch distributed by Big Lots, Inc." and item #DC12-21111 (large torch) or Item #DC10-20160 (small torch) is printed on a yellow label on the bottom of the large torch and on a hang tag on the small torch.


Consumer should stop using the torches immediately and contact Big Lots for refunds. 

Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.biglots.com and click on "Recalls" at the bottom for more information.