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Eau Claire Fire: Recalled dehumidifiers caused two structure fires in the last three months

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local fire crews said if you use a dehumidifier, they're urging you to check the make and model to make sure your appliance isn't on a recall list.

In a press release, Eau Claire Fire Captain Tony Biasi said over the last few years, dehumidifiers have been the source of many structural fires throughout the nation, including two in Eau Claire in the last three months. Because of this, there has been a massive recall of millions of dehumidifier appliances with varying brand names and models.

Biasi said you should check the make and model of your dehumidifier to make sure it is not on the recall list. You can contact the manufacturer or check with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission online.

Fire officials said if you have a recalled dehumidifier, stop using it immediately to avoid the risk of it starting on fire.

The Eau Claire Fire Department wants you to follow the safety tips below:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use and maintenance.
  • Ensure you have adequate clearance from combustibles around the appliance for proper air movement and cooling.
  • Keep the filter clean to allow good air flow.
  • Select a humidity setting that allows your dehumidifier to cycle off at times, so it does not run continuously and overheat.
  • Plug the appliance directly into an outlet; do not use extension cords or power strips.
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