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Recall: Thermostats pose fire risk for thousands of homes

Emerson Branded Sensi WiFi thermostats are recalled. (Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Thousands of thermostats installed in homes across the country are now recalled.

White-Rodgers of St. Louis, Missouri - a division of Emerson Electric Company - says Sensi WiFi thermostats may pose a fire hazard.

The recall notice says contact between the thermostat wires and household line voltage can damage the thermostat.

The firm has received eight reports of burn damage to the thermostat, involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

White-Rodgers distributed 135,000 of the devices at stores and through HVAC dealers nationwide, from April 2014 through December 2016. They were priced between about $90 and $150.

The thermostats are white with an LCD screen. The company name Emerson is printed on the front. Affected models numbers are 1F86U-42WF or UP500W. The date code on the back of affected devices will be between 1416 and 1536.

Customers can contact White-Rodgers toll-free at 1-888-847-8742, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday for repair information.

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