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Danger Lurking in Schools?

Danger Lurking in Schools?

Yesterday, an elementary school in Atlanta, GA was evacuated due to a carbon monoxide (CO) leak that apparently resulted from a faulty furnace. CO levels spiked to 1,700 parts per million, far exceeding levels at which CO alarms and detectors would have triggered. News reports indicate that 43 children and 10 adults were sent to local hospitals to be evaluated for CO poisoning after experiencing common symptoms of CO, including headaches, nausea, and stomachaches. The school did not have CO detectors Read more [...]
Have you listened to our carbon monoxide podcast series yet?

Have you listened to our carbon monoxide podcast series yet?

Did you know that carbon monoxide (CO) is about the same weight as air? Do you know the sources of carbon monoxide? How about the latest developments with CO codes and standards? Get these answers and many others by tuning in to our CO series of podcasts with Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs manager for Honeywell Life Safety and Co-Chair of the NEMA Smoke/CO Group. This series is designed to educate consumers and industry professionals about the importance of CO life safety products, as well as Read more [...]
States vs. the Silent Killer

States vs. the Silent Killer

"States push to catch winter's silent killer with carbon monoxide alarms" -- so said the front page of USA Today yesterday (November 29). This article brings much welcome national attention to a critical life safety issue: the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. To date, over 30 states have enacted laws or codes requiring the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detection devices in various residential occupancies. To see if your state is one of them, please click here. Why? Read more [...]
The Other Dangers of Irene

The Other Dangers of Irene

The name "Irene" derives from the Greek word eirene, which means "peace." But from what meteorologists at the National Weather Service and others are telling us, Hurricane Irene (poised to bully her way up the East Coast this weekend) is anything but peaceful. Warning and watches have been posted up and down the eastern seaboard, and evacuations along the coast and other low-lying levels have commenced. And while preparing for flooding and wind damage is certainly critical Read more [...]
Little Shows of Bipartisanship

Little Shows of Bipartisanship

Given the partisan rancor generally spilling out of the nation's capital, it was refreshing to attend a markup of several bills (including one that is important to NEMA's Signaling, Protection and Communication Section) that have bipartisan support. This morning the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection approved five measures by voice vote, including H.R. 1796, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act. This bill, sponsored by Representative Read more [...]
Yes, There’s Other Business in DC Besides Healthcare Reform

Yes, There’s Other Business in DC Besides Healthcare Reform

Reading the headlines, you'd think the only think Congress is working on these days is healthcare reform.  Tain't true.  Just yesterday, NEMA went up to the Hill to announce its support of the Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (HR 1796) sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Nev.).  In fact, NEMA member First Alert, represented by Mark DeVine, had the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Read more [...]
Silent Assassin in the Storm

Silent Assassin in the Storm

I am blogging from home this morning as the nation's capital is under assault from old man winter once again.  As the blizzard rages on, I wonder how many additional people in the metro area will lose electricity today. I am grateful to live in the city where the power lines are underground (and not as susceptible to weather-caused outages), but colleagues and friends in parts of Virginia and Maryland are not so lucky. In fact, as experienced with other major weather events, some Read more [...]
Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week, and this year's theme is "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned."  Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the focus of this year's Fire Prevention Week activities is on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.  Last Friday, President Obama signed a proclamation designating Fire Prevention Week.  In his proclamation, the president highlighted Read more [...]
A Year in the Life of the CPSC

A Year in the Life of the CPSC

On August 14, 2008, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the the CPSC. At the time, the CPSC was operating with a two-member quorum comprised of one Republican appointee, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and one Democratic appointee, Commissioner Thomas Moore.  The small agency had fallen under attack for failing to fulfill its mission to protect the American people, Read more [...]
Winter May Be Over, but a Killer Still Lurks

Winter May Be Over, but a Killer Still Lurks

Life safety advocates have a lot to celebrate this year.  Since the beginning of 2009, at least two states (Colorado and Montana) have enacted laws that seek to protect residents and tourists from the dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning and another (Washington) is poised to do so in the next few weeks.  California, Oregon, and New Hampshire also are on track to adopt laws this year to require the installation of CO detection devices in various residential and commercial occupancies. Read more [...]