altOn January 12th, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Big Lots, announced a voluntary recall of the their Five-Light Floor Lamps due to a potential shock hazard.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

The wiring for the lamp’s light sockets can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock to consumers. In addition, use of the recommended standard 40 watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, which can melt the double plastic shades over the bulbs.

This recall involves Classic Quarters Five Light Floor Lamps which stand about five feet tall and have a gunmetal or chrome colored metal pole with five adjustable lights mounted on flexible metal tubes at the top. Dark plastic or multi-colored double plastic shades cover each of the five lights. Recalled lamps use standard incandescent or CFL bulbs and have labels marked with the model number “G-1843-5” affixed to the underside of the lamp base. These lamps can be further identified by SKU numbers 612007239, 612007829 or 612008982 at the beginning of the instructions. Lamps that use candelabra bulbs are not subject to this recall and can be identified by labels marked with the model number “G-1844-5B” and SKU numbers 612009036 or 612009037 in the instructions.

About 43,700 of these floor lamps were sold  at Big Lots stores nationwide from April 2010 through November 2011 for between $30 and $50. These products were manufactured in China.

As of January 12th, 2012, the firm has received four reports of melting lamp shades, but no injuries have yet been reported. Further updated and more general information on this recall can be found at the CPSC website

What should you do if you own one of these products?

Consumers should immediately stop using the lamps and return them to a Big Lots store for a full refund. Consumers should also be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

For additional information, contact Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website.

Additional general and further updated information can also be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.