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The Reca Division of the Cavagna Group of Italy, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is recalling 31,000 Gaslow brand LP Gas monitor gauges. Some of them may leak highly flammable propane gas that could ignite or explode.

The CPSC is aware of five incidents of gas leaks catching fire. Two of the fires resulted in burn injuries.The model number is GS-1 and the item number is 13742. The gauges are used on portable liquid propane tanks used for gas grills, recreational vehicles and boats.

The valve acts as both a refill indicator and a leak detector when it's properly attached to the tank. The L-shaped gauges have a 3.3-inch copper-colored base that can be screwed into gas tanks, and a black dial with a black, green and yellow face.

The gauges were sold nationwide through home supply and home improvement stores during July and Aug. 1994 for between $20 and $25.

They were packaged in clear plastic with a black label that reads in part: "Gaslow LP Gas monitor gauge . . . with refill indicator built-in leak detector . . . Model No. GS-1 Item No. 13742."

If you own gauges with date codes "03/94" or "04/94" stamped on the square end of the gauge, call Reca at 1-800-666-8558 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.

A word of caution: Liquid petroleum is highly flammable. Be certain that the gas valve on your propane tank is turned off before disconnecting the regulator. If you have questions, call Reca.

Ragweed allergy may signal other problems

Ragweed is the nemesis of allergy sufferers in the fall and early winter.

Now, some allergy specialists are saying that people who suffer discomfort from ragweed may also be affected by some fruits, herbal teas and cosmetics.

Honeydew melon, cantaloupe and bananas are related to ragweed. So is chamomile, an herb found in some teas and cosmetics. All contain many of the same ingredients that trigger sneezing, wheezing, congestion, headaches and runny noses in people susceptible to hay fever. - Maturity News Service