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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 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 [...]
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 to all IEC member bodies participating in its Conformity Read more [...]
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 to doubling the time that the state would remain stagnant on a single code, it was also proposed that a code by amendable at Read more [...]
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 warning is highlighted by the fact that similar warnings are voiced 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 [...]
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 fire. I actually enjoyed this fire drill because crawling out of my first-floor bedroom window was exhilarating! With May only a few days away, I’d like Read more [...]
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 detects a problem it will switch to one of five fail-safe modes: which range from reducing Read more [...]
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 retailers are having product quality problems and they expect US manufacturers to pay for a fix.  What's the fix?  Implementing Read more [...]
Here we go again?

Here we go again?

It’s hard NOT to become cynical when you’ve been down the same old road again and again and nothing seems to change.   Then someone tells you “it will be different this time.”   Should I believe him?     A case in point is the RILA Factory Audit Standard being jammed down the throats of manufacturers of consumer products, starting with electrical products, by some of this countries biggest retailers and their Retail Industry Leaders Read more [...]