BELOIT, Wisc. — The Beloit Fire Department sprang into action for a call around 6:30 a.m. for a report of a house fire. According to the Beloit Daily News, the fire started due to a malfunctioning dehumidifier in a home located in the 1500 block of Forest Avenue. Thankfully, the residents were able to escape the blaze unharmed. However, the Interim Fire Chief for the Beloit Fire Department said that he estimated the home sustained approximately $67,000 of damage, most of which was from the smoke. The residents said that family and friends would assist them with lodging while contractors repair the damage to their home.
Humid summer air often forces people to use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from their basements. Often people will turn on their dehumidifiers and forget them. Homeowners often allow their dehumidifiers to run all day, every day without giving it a second thought. This practice is dangerous. Consumers must become aware of the fire risk dehumidifiers present. According to an article appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC calculated at least 500 house fires resulting in $25 million in damages occurred because of defective dehumidifiers running in homes across the country. Furthermore, the CPSC estimates that numerous dehumidifiers that were previously recalled by their manufacturers because of an elevated risk that the units could overheat and catch fire.
Several dehumidifier manufacturers, all from China, initiated product recalls since 2013. The CPSC wants dehumidifier owners to check their appliances for the make, model, and year of manufacture and compare that information to the list of recalled dehumidifiers. Companies that started recalling specific models of dehumidifiers are Gree Electric Appliances, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Company, and GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment, Limited. Consumers can find particular information about dehumidifiers on the CPSC website as well as for instructions about how to obtain a refund. The CPSC asked all owners of recalled dehumidifiers to stop using the appliance immediately.
Can You File a Lawsuit for Your Dehumidifier Fire?
If you or a loved one or family member were injured, burned, killed or suffered property damage caused by a defective dehumidifier, you may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, surgical costs, prescription painkillers, lost income, scarring and disfigurement, and mental pain and anguish you may have suffered.
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