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Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

This piece was originally published as part of the "When Disaster Strikes" feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bryan Holland, Field Representative for the Southern Region, NEMA Coordinating with local officials is essential to NEMA’s standard operating procedure for natural disasters. The first step is to identify individuals and agencies that may need NEMA resources and guidance information before, during, and after a natural disaster. These same entities provide Read more [...]
Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

Disaster Relief: Responding in Real Time

As historic and devastating floods continue to affect tens of thousands in Louisiana this week, NEMA has put its disaster relief plan into action In 2015, NEMA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) formulated a standard operating procedure for natural disasters that affect the transmission and use of electricity. NEMA’s southern region field representative, Bryan Holland, has spearheaded efforts to follow this procedure and provide aid to officials in Louisiana this week. Read more [...]
Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Survey Exposes Ignorance

Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Survey Exposes Ignorance

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, ESFI The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) released the complete results of its Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Awareness and Usage Survey, which was developed to determine the electrical outlet childproofing techniques among mothers with young children and gauge awareness of tamper-resistant receptacle (TRR) technology. The survey reveals a lack of Read more [...]
Unlisted Smoke Alarms Undermine Electrical Safety

Unlisted Smoke Alarms Undermine Electrical Safety

Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has recently become aware of instances of “unlisted” smoke alarms being offered for sale to American consumers by online retailers. Normally, electrical products are tested and certified (i.e., listed) according to specific standards. This ensures that those products function properly and safely. Requiring third-party certification in North American products has resulted in the Read more [...]
Summer Advisory: Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

Summer Advisory: Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, ESFI Summer is the peak time for water-based leisure activities, and despite the fact that swimming and boating are recreational by nature, the age-old caution that water and electricity don’t mix must be strictly enforced. Each year, lives are lost due to a serious hazard that is still not widely understood: electric shock drowning (ESD). Known as the invisible killer, Read more [...]
Filling in the Gaps in Residential Shock Protection

Filling in the Gaps in Residential Shock Protection

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Steve Montgomery, Chief Operating Officer, 2D2C, Inc. Electrical residential safety is getting better every year, as progressively fewer incidences of electrical shock occur. Nevertheless, safety gaps still exist. Electrical shocks, or injurious exposures to electricity, can occur wherever electrified metal contacts exist. Based on the age and health of the person touching the Read more [...]
Intelligent Devices Offer Safety, Preserve Property

Intelligent Devices Offer Safety, Preserve Property

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Dave Loucks, PhD, Manager, Application & Advanced System Engineering, Eaton The cost of microprocessors, temperature sensors, and electronic current sensors has decreased dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years. While much attention has been focused on using microprocessors to connect devices to a network, many of the use cases for residential device communication have focused more Read more [...]
National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Brett Brenner, President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International May is National Electrical Safety Month, and, while electrical safety should be a yearlong priority, it is important to have a month devoted to spotlighting safe electrical practices that should be commonplace at home and on the job. I recently attended the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Read more [...]
Digging out from Juno? NEMA offers safety resources to help.

Digging out from Juno? NEMA offers safety resources to help.

In preparation for and recovery after the Northeast’s winter storm Juno, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers suggestions to prepare, respond, and recover from what the storm is forecasting to bring. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors should be cleaned and have their backup batteries tested. To ensure occupant safety if or when electric service is disrupted, testing the batteries with the device’s test button or battery tester is an essential life safety Read more [...]
USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

USNC/IEC to meet with Germany’s National Committee to discuss National Conformity Assessment Issues

A joint meeting between the U.S. National Committee of the IEC (USNC/IEC) and the German National Committee for IEC has been scheduled for March 26-27, 2014 in Frankfurt, German.  The USNC/IEC serves as the focal point for U.S. parties who are interested in the development, promulgation and use of globally-relevant standards for the electotechnical industry. The USNC/IEC is a committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).   The purpose of the meeting is to have an in depth Read more [...]