Thermostats recalled due to fire hazard

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White-Rodgers is recalling Emerson Branded Sensi Wifi thermostats because they may catch fire. 

Contact between the thermostat wires and household line voltage can damage the thermostat, possibly leading to a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recalled thermostats were sold nationwide at Johnstone, Home Depot, and Golden State FC stores from April 2014 through Dec. 2016. “Emerson” is printed on the front, and a date code from 1416 to 1536 is located on the back of the product. The thermostats are white with an LCD screen that has three buttons below it. They have the model numbers 1F86U-42WF or UP500W.

Eight people reported minor property damage from the thermostats. No injuries were reported.

“Firefighters across the nation responded to an average of 45,210 home fires started by electrical issues, with nearly 20 percent of these fires due to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This recall should not be taken lightly,” CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said. “Floridians should immediately check their thermostat to see if it may be part of the recall.”

Consumers should call 1-888-847-8742 for information on the recall.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Electrical work should only be done by a qualified electrician.
  • Check electrical cords for cracks or damage, and replace them. Don’t repair them.
  • Don’t overload extension cords or wall outlets.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Call an electrician if you have frequent problems blowing fuses, notice a tingling feeling when touching an electrical appliance, or a burning or rubbery smell from an appliance.

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