Warmer weather may mean a risk of forest fires across the country, but regulators warn of fire dangers closer to home too.
Power strips, propane grills and certain garments are among some of the items recently recalled due to fire hazards.
Faulty Power Strips
About 12,000 Brightway indoor and outdoor extension cords and power strips are being recalled because their copper conductors are inadequately covered in coating material, posing a fire hazard.
The recall includes indoor extension cord model numbers R2600 through R2615, indoor extension cord models EE6 through EE20 and power strips with the model number MP6DG.
The extension cords and power strips were sold at hardware and discount stores across the country between August 2009 and October 2009 for $1 to $20, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumers can return the recalled cords to their place of purchase to get a full refund, the agency says. For more information on this power strip and extension cord recall, visit cpsc.gov.
Fire should be controllable when you’re using a propane grill, but leaking fuel tanks could cause unexpected fires and burns if they’re improperly installed, the CPSC reports.
About 4,600 Kuuma IR Stow and Go Grills sold at West Marine stores and made by Eastwind Industries are being recalled following three reports of unexpected fires caused by leaking propane tanks that cause minor burns to users’ hands.
The grills were sold nationwide between January 2009 and August 2009 for $100 to $140.
Consumers can get a new operators manual and a tool for maintenance and cleaning by visiting kuumaproducts.com or calling Eastwind at (866) 995-8862. For more information on this recall visit cpsc.gov.
Mattresses on Fire?
About 3,000 ottoman bed mattresses sold by Williams-Sonoma Stock Quote: WSM) division PBteen are being recalled because they fail to meet the federal open flame standard for mattresses, according to the CPSC. They can be used as ottomans or as twin-sized beds. They were sold through PBteen catalogs and on its Web site between August 2008 and November 2009 for about $300.
Consumers can get a free mattress cover from PBteen www.pbteen.com that will make the mattress compliant with regulations. For more information on this recall visit cpsc.gov.
Additionally, 15,000 mattresses for cribs in twin, full, queen and king sizes sold in Puerto Rico are also being recalled due to a fire hazard, according to the CPSC. The mattresses were sold for between $30 and $135 at mattress and furniture stores.
Consumers can get a full refund on the mattresses from Tropical Bedding Manufacturing. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.
Women’s pea coats may also pose a fire hazard, regulators warn. About 800 blue and white plaid cotton fleece pea coats imported by Foria International are being recalled because they don’t comply with federal flammability standards. No injuries have been reported, however.
The coats were sold at Bass Pro Shops across the country between October 2009 and January 2010 for about $60, the CPSC says.
Consumers can get a full refund from Foria International. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.
Gas Fire Columns
Gas fire columns sold at Costco (Stock Quote: COST) as outdoor decorations are being recalled because gas leaks could cause much bigger flames than expected, according to the CPSC.
About 5,800 of the Patio Glow Outdoor Gas Fire Columns, which are made of brick and topped with a bowl shape containing lava rocks, are fueled with propane. There have been five reports of unexpected fires, the agency says. The $200 decorative gas fire columns were sold at Costco stores from August 2009 through February 2010.
Customers can get a full refund on the fire columns at Costco. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.
Heated Jackets Can Burn
Heated jackets used in chillier weather are being recalled due to a burn hazard caused by electric connections to warming components that could potentially overheat, according to the CPSC.
The recall applies to jackets and vests that use Moshi Power Systems to get warm. About 2,600 of the Ardica Technologies jackets, including those under the Mountain Hardwear brand name, are being pulled off the market. The recall was announced following five reports that jackets overheated, the CPSC says.
The recalled jackets were sold at sporting goods retailers and outdoor equipment stores between August 2009 and February 2010 for between $230 and $425, according to the CPSC.
Consumers can get a full refund www.ardica.com directly from Ardica. For more information on the jacket and vest recall, visit cpsc.gov.