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NIH Employees Encouraged to Check Space Heaters Due to Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on August 22 that a certain model of Vornado space heaters, the VH101 Personal Vortex, has been recalled due to fire danger. Vornado received reports of 19 fires, including one that resulted in the death of an elderly man.

If you are an employee using this recalled heater in your workplace or home, please stop using it immediately and contact Vornado toll-free at 855-215-5131 or online at and click on the VH101 Personal Heater recall button for more information. 

For additional information, see:

Space heaters in NIH-owned facilities are subject to the fire codes enforced by the NIH Fire Marshal. A complete ban is in effect in laboratories, patient care areas, and clinics for the protection of patients and research. For space heater requirements in other areas, see the interpretation at:

Contact the Division of the Fire Marshal (DFM), Office of Research Services for any questions regarding this interpretation at 301-496-0487 or by e-mailing the "Fire Prevention Services Team" at

In spaces leased by the NIH, space heaters are regulated by the local fire code authority in the corresponding area (city, county, or state). The DFM can provide consultative service for NIH personnel in leased spaces.

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