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Featured Issue: Hazardous Products
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
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.