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Power Surges: Protect Your Home!

Power Surges: Protect Your Home!

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Pankaj Lal, Senior Offer Manager, Advanced Function Breakers & SPD, Schneider Electric Your home is your space in the world. For many, it is a lifetime investment, protected by insurance from possible damages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends a little more than $2,700 annually on entertainment; much of that entertainment is provided by household electronics. Read more [...]
Weighing in on the Value of Standards

Weighing in on the Value of Standards

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin Connelly, Senior Program Manager, NEMA   Companies from diverse sectors of our industries devote countless hours to standards development in areas such as electric vehicles, medical imaging equipment, wiring devices, and industrial controls. These sectors are as likely to cultivate evolving innovations as they are to protect mature technologies. It leads one to ask why do all industries with Read more [...]
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 [...]