It’s cold out there and with the cold comes an increase in the sales of portable space heaters. But you should always use space heaters with caution. They cause around 1,700 house fires a year and some 70 deaths.
January 29, 2015 Sunbeam recalled approximately 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters due to reports of the space heater spraying hot oil during use. In order to output any heat, these plug in heaters must filled with oil.
The use of these Sunbeam Holmes space heaters have the potential to cause household damage or personal injuries. According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sunbeam has already received 40 complaints from consumer stating hot oil sprayed out during use and caused property damage. Luckily, no issues of personal injuries related to the use of the space heaters have been reported as of yet.
The heaters were sold at Target stores and small department stores around the country.
These space heaters were sold between August and November and sold for about $50.
The space heaters are available in either black or white and are about 23 inches tall.
Model numbers recalled
Model numbers included in the recall are numbers HOH3000 or HOH3000B. These model numbers are printed on a label located on the bottom of these space heaters. The “Holmes” logo is near the power switch and temperature control. Products affected have a code on the heater plug within the following range: G192 through G298. No other codes are affected.
What should you do?
Anyone who purchased these faulty heaters should unplug them and contact Sunbeam for a full refund. More information about the recall can be found online at : http://1.usa.gov/15WvrSw
If you are using a portable space heater to keep warm, remember that drapes and fabrics can easily contact any heater in a typical home and start a fire. Make sure there is nothing flammable near the heater. Consumer Reports says it’s very important to keep furniture, bedding and curtains at least three feet away from any heater.