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Featured Issue: Hazardous Products

Fire Prevention

Dishwashers, Lamps, Lighters . . .
Big Fire Hazards

Some recent household fire hazard recalls may sound familiar. Some may seem new and surprising. Remind your family NOT to take ANY warning casually. If the CPSC issues a warning, you can be assured it represents a serious threat to the well-being of your family.

Some Dishwashers are Fire Hazards

Between 1983 and 1989 G.E. made a dishwasher with a slide switch that can melt and ignite. Hotpoint made a similar one with the same problem.

  • G.E. offers free rewiring repairs. Call GE at (800) 599-2929.

  • Between June 1991 an October 1992 Whirlpool (Kenmore) sold a dishwasher with defective wiring for the door that can overheat and ignite.

  • Whirlpool offers free repair. Call (800) 874-9481 for the repair.

Dishwasher Fire Hazard Reports


Halogen torchiere floor lamps

The super-hot bulbs in these tall, sleek and very popular lamps can start fires, especially if placed too close to drapes. A specially-designed glass or wire guard can be attached to reduce the risk of fire.

To get a guard send a postcard to Catalina Lighting Consumer Services, 18191 NW 68th Avenue, Miami, FL 33015.

Halogen Lamp Fire Hazard Report and Resource

CPCS Report
Safe Alternative

Old Multi-Purpose Lighters

Children have used non child resistant multi-purpose lighters to set over 235 fires that resulted in 103 injuries and 45 deaths. Since Dec. 22, 2000, all multi-purpose lighters are required to be child-resistant. Discard the older versions.

Disposable Lighter Recall

The L.A. Lighter company has voluntarily recalled about 1800 disposable lighters because the child-safety feature does not meet federal standards. Details.

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