Fire safety
6:14 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Fire Marshall warns about electric heater safey recall

GREENVILLE - Greenville Fire Marshal Greg McDonald is asking citizens to check any Honeywell portable electric heaters they may be using, due to a safety recall issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

On January 12, the CPSC and Honeywell issued a voluntary recall that includes Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heaters with model numbers HZ-420, HZ-

430, and HZ-440 and five-digit date codes that have 11 as the last two digits. The heaters are black or white cylinders with a handle on top. The model number is stamped into the plastic on the bottom of the heater. The date code is located on the metal prongs of the heater's electrical plug. "Honeywell" and "Surround Heat" are printed on the front of the heaters. This heater was distributed by Kaz USA under license from Honeywell.

The heaters were sold at Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart stores nationwide from July 2011 through December 2011 for between $50 and $70. According to the CPSC, the heater’s internal housing, including the fan, heating element and circuitry, can detach, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Customers should immediately unplug and stop using the heaters and contact Kaz for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Kaz at (800) 370-8137 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.kaz.com/recall.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go here.