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Oil-filled electric heaters pose fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 300,000 Holmes oil-filled electric heaters because a poor electrical connection inside the heater can overheat, causing fire and burn hazards.

The Holmes Group of Milford, Mass., knows of 59 incidents involving the heaters, including 12 reports of minor injuries. There were 36 reports of property damage, including four fires that caused damage of between $41,000 US and $200,000 US.

The heaters have the model numbers HOH2505 and HOH2520 printed on the side of the unit near the bottom. “Holmes®” is also on the heaters.

The products were sold through discount department stores, hardware stores and other retailers from September 2005 through February 2007 for between $40 US and $50 US.

For additional information, contact Holmes at (800) 306-2471.

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