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Gardening question of the week

Are you grappling with any storm damage to your garden?

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Be cautious when using firepots

In addition to issuing a warning last week about the dangers of gel and other illuminating fuels used in firepots, tiki torches and other products, the Consumer Product Safety Commission gave these safety tips:

* Never refuel anything that's hot or has open flames, because the fuel can splatter.

* First look for flames, then cautiously feel the vicinity of the flame, as some flames are difficult to see.

* Follow proper safety guidelines when refueling any open-flame device.

If the fuel splatters, pouring water on it or smothering it won't always put out the flames. A dry chemical extinguisher is required. Some retailers have suspended sales of the products.