NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) - With dew points topping an uncomfortable 70 degrees in some places, firefighters are urging homeowners to check their dehumidifiers.
The Mayville Fire Department posted a message on Facebook reminding homeowners to make sure their appliances are not part of a massive dehumidifier recall.
The Daily Citizen newspaper reports a home in the Town of Theresa, Dodge County, caught fire last week after a dehumidifier exploded at a home on Allen Road.
Millions of dehumidifiers have been recalled for causing fires. The recalled units are sold under dozens of brand names and come in different sizes. Brand names include Kenmore, Frigidaire, and GE.
People who have a recalled unit should turn the machine off and unplug it.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says malfunctioning Gree dehumidifiers have caused an estimated 450 fires and more than $19 million in property damage.
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The CPSC compiles product recalls. Search "dehumidifier recall" to get additional resources.