The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. House of Representatives are warning consumers about a potential home improvement book contamination that could lead to serious health hazards. On February 6, the agency announced that it was investigating a product in which mold was found to be a possible ingredient in at least one homeowner’s improvement book. Outbreak of Home Improvement Book Contaminated with Mold: A Hazard for Homes, published by Delta Publishing, Inc., is being recalled by the CPSC because of this contamination. The agency warns that consumers should stop using recalled products until the investigation is complete.

The recalled books include the following: Bedroom Decor, Color Me Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Improvement, Designer Furniture, Fasteners and Plugs, Garage Door Covers and Handy Man, Moisturizing Sheets, Painting and Decorating, Pre-finished Coils and Stems, Sinks, Showers, Siding, and Wallpaper. An investigation revealed that the recalled product contained a high concentration of mold spores. Molds have been known to contain toxins that may be harmful to humans if exposed regularly. The recalled home improvement books were distributed by Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Target.

The bedding items in the nine 51,000 pages of Oxmoor house, inc., of Birmingham, ala. contain small hairline cracks that are not easily seen. Consumers are not able to spot them and do not cause any harm to the paper. In addition, the crack may not be noticed until after the book has been opened and damaged. Inspectors did not find any damage to the books while they inspected the stores.

The U.S. consumer product safety commission ordered Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Oxmoor House, Inc. to cease distribution of their unapproved products within the state of Alabama. Consumers who purchased these products from these stores before the recall were not required to return them for credit or refund. Target was ordered to display the recalled products in their stores and provide consumers with instructions on how to read the labels to make sure that they are using the product according to the directions. Bed Bath and Beyond was ordered to stop selling all unapproved products and provide customers with refund options. Both chains agreed to take all actions consistent with the order issued by the U.S. consumer product safety commission. Target is not the only store to have recalled home improvement books.

Home Improvement books also sold at Bed Bath and Beyond are being recalled due to reports that the books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could result in incorrectly installing or repairing electrical wiring, posing a fire hazard or shock to consumers. The majority of the technical diagrams found in the books are correct. Some of the illustrations used in the instruction book are not correct. Neither the company nor the bank has received any reports of injuries or death associated with the use of any of the improvement books. However, many of the recalled books are being destroyed due to the costs associated with disposing of defective products.

The majority of the items being recalled by oxmoor house cpsc are being distributed to stores in several different locations. Many people have purchased the electrical wiring and associated parts since purchasing the book. It is possible that some individuals will need to consult with a qualified electrician before installing any part of the system. Consumers are being advised not to attempt to repair any part of the system on their own, but to contact a store or customer service representative immediately if they have any questions or concerns regarding installation, maintenance or repair. An Oxmoor representative will be available to assist customers throughout the recall period, providing them with information about replacement components and precautions to take during and after installation of the affected parts.