Another dehumidifier fire serves as reminder about recalled units

Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 10:02 AM CST
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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Oshkosh firefighters are reminding people to check their dehumidifiers after a recent fire.

The Oshkosh Fire Department says a fire on Dec. 3 was sparked by a dehumidifier. It’s the second dehumidifier-related call they’ve gotten within the last six months.

“We’ve been lucky so far. We’ve had damage but no one has lost their home, thankfully no one has lost their lives - but it certainly could,” said Oshkosh Fire Public Information Officer John Holland. “Both of these dehumidifiers were recalled.”

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About six million dehumidifiers have been recalled because they can overheat and start fires. These malfunctioning units, first recalled in 2013, are responsible for millions of dollars in damages. Fires continue to happen. These units were sold at major retailers. Fire departments have warned that recalled units are sometimes found at garage sales and online.

“There are a lot, and last time I looked it said there are millions that have been recalled,” said Holland. “So please, please, please take a look.”

The companies are Gree and Midea, but the dehumidifiers were sold under a variety of brand names.

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Consumers should turn off and unplug recalled dehumidifiers immediately.

We have a guide to the recalled units here:

Holland does have a suggestion for those who feel they may not remember to check recall lists.

“You can actually, when you buy pretty much any larger items - dehumidifier, refrigerator, I know car seats for kids have this as well, you should actually register them,” said Holland.

He understands it may seem like a hassle to send in a registration card on your products, but it can come in handy if there’s a recall.

“If you don’t register them, they have no idea that you have them so they’re not going to let you know so you have to look yourself,” said Holland. “And you know as well as I do, we are not checking the recall lists all the time.”

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