Amid recall, Washington Co. Sheriff's officials say there have been fires believed caused by dehumidifiers

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Officials with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are warning homeowners after "several" residential fires believed to have been caused by dehumidifiers.

Sheriff's officials are reminding people of several recalls on dehumidifiers, and urging people to check whether their dehumidifier is on the recall list.

Fire officials are encouraging people to plug their dehumidifiers into an outlet of ample size to sustain the load of the dehumidifier. Extension cords should be avoided.

On September 12, 2013, Gree, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, announced a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China and were sold from January 2005 through August 2013. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

This recall involves select 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Recalled model numbers and date codes can be located below. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. The dehumidifiers are white, beige, gray or black plastic and measure between 19 and 24 inches tall, 13 and 15 inches wide, and 9 and 11 inches deep.

Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and register their information below or contact Gree to receive a refund.

To determine if your dehumidifier is affected by this recall:

1. Locate the name plate sticker on your dehumidifier (it is on the back, side, or front of the unit).
2. Click on the Brand Name below to view sample pictures of affected Models as well as the location of the Model Number and Date Code.

Danby/Premiere Gree
De'Longhi/SuperClima Kenmore
Fedders Norpole
Fellini Seabreeze
Frigidaire SoleusAir

3. Enter the Brand Name, Model Number and Date Code below from the label on your dehumidifier. If you are missing any of the required information or believe you have one of the affected Frigidaire units please call 1-866-853-2802.
4. If you have a GE dehumidifier, the model selection would be determined based off of the model number listed on your dehumidifier nameplate sticker excluding the last 2 characters. ex; ADEH50LNL1 would be listed as ADEH50LN in the dropdown selection.
5. After you enter your dehumidifier information, you will receive a message telling you whether or not your dehumidifier is one of the products being recalled.
6. If your product is part of the recall, you will be asked to enter your contact information. If your product is not part of the recall, you can continue use.
7. Once you have submitted your contact information, you will be sent a return kit with next step instructions.

Questions? Please consult the Recall Hotline by calling 1-866-853-2802.

CLICK HERE to enter your dehumidifier's brand name, model number and date code to check whether it's included in the recall.