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                    Family Dollar Stores
    Recalls Oscillating Ceramic Heater for Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: 
Oscillating Ceramic Heaters

Importer: Family Dollar Stores, of Charlotte, N.C.

Hazard: The heaters can overheat and smoke, which could 
pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Family Dollar has received three 
reports of the heaters overheating or smoking. There are 
no reports of fires and two reports of minor property 
damage.

Description: The recalled heater is a 1500 watt oscillat-
ing ceramic heater. The heater has a white plastic hous-
ing with the name "Heat-Wave" in black on its top. A 
label on the product contains the control number "ETL 
3090262."

Sold at: Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 
2006 through November 2006 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China 

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the 
heaters and return them to a Family Dollar store for a 
full refund.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact 
Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8:30 a.m. and 
5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s 
Web site at www.familydollar.com 

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                       Samara Brothers
         Recalls Children’s Two-Piece Overall Sets, 
                      Snaps Contain Lead

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers 
should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise 
instructed.

Name of Product: Starting Out Shirt and Overalls

Manufacturer: Samara Brothers LLC, of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The coatings on the snaps in the overalls and 
shirt contain excessive amounts of lead, posing a 
serious risk of lead poisoning and adverse health 
effects to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been 
reported.

Description: This recall involves two styles of children’s 
overall sets. One set is a red plaid denim overall with a 
white shirt trimmed in red, sold in sizes 12 through 24 
months. The other set is a navy blue corduroy overall with 
a white shirt trimmed in green, sold in sizes 3 through 9 
months. Both styles have decorative train appliqués on 
the front of the overalls. The collar tag of the overalls 
reads, “Starting Out.”

Sold Exclusively at: Dillard’s nationwide during October 
2006 for about $20 for the red overalls set and about $25 
for the blue corduroy set.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the products 
immediately and contact Samara to obtain a full 
refund.

Manufactured in: China

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please 
contact Samara Brothers at (800) 985-9975 between 8:30 
a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the 
firm’s Web site at www.samararecall.com, or e-mail the 
firm at info@samararecall.com 

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        CPSC and USFA Sound Carbon Monoxide Alarm

As Temperatures Drop, Potential for CO Poisonings and 
Deaths Rises

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Every year, winter storms leave carbon 
monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths in their path. As winter’s 
coldest months arrive, with temperatures in some parts of
the United States dipping below freezing, the U.S. Con-
sumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Fire 
Administration (USFA) are sounding the CO alarm. 

“January and February are prime months for winter weather-
related power outages,” said Acting CPSC Chairman Nancy 
Nord. “Tragically people are dying from carbon monoxide 
poisoning while trying to keep warm. Don’t let this invis-
ible killer into your home.” 

“The U.S. Fire Administration is pleased to join with the 
CPSC in sounding a national carbon monoxide alarm,” said 
Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Charlie Dickinson. “There 
is no group of men and women in this nation that are as 
keenly aware of the deadliness of carbon monoxide, than 
firefighters. During times of lost power, it is our 
nation’s firefighters who respond to the sad results of 
carbon monoxide poisoning when people use gas generators, 
camp stoves and charcoal grills in confined spaces. The 
USFA joins with all firefighters in reminding all 
residents of this nation to follow the CPSC recommenda-
tions below to protect themselves against exposure to 
carbon monoxide.” 

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless poisonous 
gas. CPSC estimates about 140 people die each year from 
unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide associated with 
consumer products. 

Consumers die when they improperly use gas generators, 
charcoal grills, and fuel-burning camping heaters and 
stoves inside their homes or in other enclosed or 
partially-enclosed spaces during power outages. They 
also die when furnaces that have not been professionally 
and annually inspected leak CO. CPSC staff is aware 
through police, medical examiner and news reports of at 
least 32 CO deaths related to portable generators from 
October 1 through December 31, 2006. 

Reducing CO poisonings and deaths is a priority at CPSC. 
Yesterday, in an effort to stop consumers from using 
gasoline generators indoors, the Commission voted to 
require manufacturers to place a prominent “danger” label 
on all new generators and their packaging. 

CPSC and USFA urge consumers to take these important 
steps to protect themselves against CO poisoning this 
winter. 

Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, 
even if doors and windows are open.

Use generators outside only, far away from the home.
 
Never bring a charcoal grill into the house for heating 
or cooking. 

Do not barbeque in the garage. 

Never use a gas range or oven for heating.
 
Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and 
keep it open until the ashes are cool. An open damper 
may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside 
the home. 

Have home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) 
inspected and serviced annually by a trained service 
technician. 

Install battery-operated CO alarms or CO alarms with 
battery backup in your home outside separate sleeping 
areas. Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: 
headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleep-
iness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get 
outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911. 
Produced in conjunction with USFA, CPSC has a new 
television public service announcement (PSA) on CO 
hazards. To view it requires QuickTime. Two versions 
are available - a broadcast quality version (about 150 
mb) and a small format version (about 20 mb). CPSC also 
has a radio PSA in mp3 format. 

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