Release # 79-003

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 18) -- Pestolite, Inc., Lancaster, Pa., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product, Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of 1,005 Commercial Fly Control Devices, model SK-4, because of a possible fire hazard.

The products are used to keep flying insects under control in or around residences, restaurants, stores, hotels, plants and recreational areas. They were produced from March 1976 through August 1976, and sold nationwide.

If too many dead insects accumulate and block the centrifugal fan, the unit may overheat and create a fire hazard. The device has been linked to 25 fires since 1976.

To identify the product, look for the "Pestolite" name molded in raised silver letters on the black upper housing of the unit. Devices not specifically exhibiting the raised "Pestolite" name on the upper housing are not being recalled, nor are units manufactured, reworked, inspected or repaired by Pestolite, Inc., after December 1977, which have affixed a red imprinted white label stating, "CAUTION: Continued operation with clogged fan will render unit inoperative."

The firm is out of business and cannot be contacted. Do not use these products. Please discard or destroy these products.

Consumers who need to verify the model number should call CPSC's Toll-Free Hotline at 800-638-2772.