Thompson's Bill to Prevent Fire Accidents Clears Committee, Heads to Floor

Jul 17, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Portable Fuel Container Safety Act ready for House vote

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his bipartisan bill, The Portable Fuel Container Safety Act, has cleared the House Committee on Energy and Commerce with unanimous approval and now heads to the floor for consideration by the full House. This bill, prompted by the experience of one of Thompson’s constituents, will help prevent fire accidents by establishing a standard for Flame Mitigation Devices. 

“Flame Mitigation Devices will prevent tragic fire accidents and help save lives. That’s why I am proud to announce that my bipartisan bill to address this problem and establish a standard for fuel container safety has cleared committee and is headed to the floor for a vote,” said Thompson. “This legislation was prompted by the experience of my constituent, Margrett Lewis, who has been a tireless advocate sharing her own story about the dangers of fire accidents. I will push for a swift vote in the full House so that we can establish this important safety standard.”

H.R. 806, the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act now heads to the House floor for consideration. Flame Mitigation Devices can help prevent fire accidents, but currently there is no requirement for them to be used for the consumer containers found in most homes and for everyday use. Thompson’s bill would establish safety standards to help prevent these tragic accidents. The legislation is endorsed by the American Burn Association, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Association of State Fire Marshalls, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Phoenix Society of Burn Survivors.


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.  He is a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he chairs the Subcommittee on Tax Policy. Rep. Thompson is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is also Co-Chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus and a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.