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Duluth Fire Department Warns Community Members on Dehumidifier Recalls

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 19, 2020 07:09 PM

The Duluth Fire Department is warning residents to check an old dehumidifier recall that could be a safety hazard.

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They say they are finding residents using certain older models that were recalled years ago due to fire and burn hazards.

They say this isn't meant to alarm people because this isn't happening with dehumidifiers sold at the store right now. This recall refers to older models that were sold between 2007 and 2013.

Duluth Deputy Fire Marshal Jon Otis says the list of the recall comes from a company called Gree that manufactured parts for a number of different dehumidifier manufacturers. Common brands he has seen during inspections are Kenmore and Soleus Air.

Otis said he's seen 14 of these recalled dehumidifiers since he started inspections in October.

Otis said they need to be immediately unplugged and go through the recall process as soon as possible.

"I'm finding a lot of these dehumidifiers still in service in different types of buildings so it's trying to get the public aware that it's a current recall that is still a problem and that we are seeing here in Duluth," said Otis.

Otis said there have not been any fires caused by this since the Electric Fetus fire in 2017, which had minimal damage thanks to the sprinkler system. Otis said this could be a different outcome for folks who have these models in their homes. Preventing any potential fires is important to the fire department.

Otis encourages folks to check their dehumidifiers on the recall list and to avoid buying used or older models since they could potentially be part of the recall list.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission website has a list of the recalled dehumidifiers. You can insert the model number to check if it is in the recall section.

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