Safety share: Multiple recalls for household dehumidifiers
In recent years, there have been multiple safety recalls for household dehumidifiers due to fire hazards. With the Argonne steam shutdown starting Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, there may be an increase in household dehumidifier use to assist with humidity control in affected buildings. Before using a dehumidifier, employees should check that it has not been recalled and that it operates normally. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 500 or more fires resulted in more than $25 million in damages because of defective dehumidifiers.
When using household dehumidifiers at the lab:
- Verify the dehumidifier is not on a list of recalled appliances posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
- Operate the dehumidifier in accordance with all manufacturer’s instructions, and observe all recommended clearances around the unit.
- Clear the area around the dehumidifier of flammable and combustible materials.
- Check on the operation of the unit multiple times during a shift. Inspect for signs of overheating.
- Avoid operating household dehumidifiers over extended periods or unattended.
For more information, check out this safety share on dehumidifiers courtesy of Daniel Evans (WSH).
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