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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…

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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…

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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…

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IEC Suspends IRAN

IEC Suspends IRAN

Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced the immediate suspension of the IEC National Committee of Iran.  The suspension applies to the Institute of Standards & Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) which participates in IEC’s Conformity Assessment Systems.  Iran is the second country to have been suspended by IECEE. The suspension was followed by a strongly worded cautionary statement issued…

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Ohio’s New Approach to Code Adoption – The Worst of Both Worlds

Ohio’s New Approach to Code Adoption – The Worst of Both Worlds

At its November 30, 2011 meeting, the Residential Construction Advisory Committee (RCAC) of the Ohio Board of Building Standards addressed the issue of code adoption cycles.  As has been a growing trend in the states, the Ohio Home Builders have been promoting the extension of the code adoption process from the typical three years to six years.  But in addition…

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Fooling Around with Counterfeits: Don’t

Fooling Around with Counterfeits: Don’t

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has released its 2011 Holiday Safety Toolkit, and it deserves your attention.  In addition to valuable information about cooking safely, decorating safely, and heating your home safely, there are tips for purchasing safely including the importance of consumer attentiveness to the presence of counterfeit electrical products that are in the marketplace.  The credibility of this…

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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…

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Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

We all (hopefully) have more than one smoke detector in our home, but when was the last time we tested them? I remember growing up in a home where my mother tested our smoke detectors monthly, either by pressing the “test” button or by burning dinner. In addition, we practiced an evacuation plan in the event our home ever caught…

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Toyota Report Reassuring News for Electrical Industry

Toyota Report Reassuring News for Electrical Industry

 The NTHSA-NASA report vindicating the electronic systems of Toyota vehicles for sudden acceleration is good news for the wider electrical industry that relies on similar electronic control systems.  NASA was asked to examine the software code of Toyota vehicles and could not produce a fault that could lead to the sudden acceleration reported by owners.  When the vehicle’s electronic system…

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A VOLUNTARY Program to Make the Good Guys Pay for the Bad Guys

A VOLUNTARY Program to Make the Good Guys Pay for the Bad Guys

Why should the good guys be made to pay for the mistakes of the bad guys?  Maybe we should just walk away. Case in point.  US big box retailers put a bunch of US manufacturers out of business in the 80's and 90's when they pressed for price concessions that made it unprofitable to deliver out of US factories.  Now, the same…

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