June 19, 2001Nantucket Distributing Recalls
Galileo Weather Thermometers
Yarmouth, MA (SafetyAlerts)
- Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 28,000 Galileo
thermometers. The thermometers are made of glass and contain a liquid that is flammable
and a hazardous substance that could be harmful or fatal if swallowed.
They are cylinder- shaped measuring about 17-inches high. Inside the cylinder are floating
small glass spheres filled with various colors of liquid. Attached to each sphere is a
metal disk with different temperatures embossed on both sides. The spheres float up and
down within the cylinder to identify a temperature based on their position within the
cylinder. A small gold sticker that says "Made in China" is on the bottom of the
The Christmas Tree Shops Inc. in
Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Albany, New York sold
these thermometers from June 2000 through December 2000 for $12.99.
CPSC and Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc. have received five reports of thermometers
breaking resulting in two injuries. A man suffered burns to his hands when the thermometer
broke near a stove and ignited his clothing. Another man suffered smoke inhalation when
extinguishing a fire caused by candles igniting a broken thermometer.
Consumers should stop using these thermometers immediately and return them to the
Christmas Tree Shops Inc. where purchased for a refund. For more information, consumers
should call Christmas Tree Shops Inc. at (800) 876-9677 anytime.