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Mass Notification + Fire Safety Training = Aware Campuses

Mass Notification + Fire Safety Training = Aware Campuses

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Tim Knisely, Senior Fire Inspector for the Centre Region Council of Governments In 2015, NEMA and the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) collaborated to establish an informational training program that combined mass notification systems (MNS) and fire-safety training for college and university officials. The overall goal of the partnership is to develop and deliver a free training Read more [...]
Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Iowa Knows: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The number of fire deaths that occur each year nationwide is widely published. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Loss in the United States During 2011 report, civilian home fire deaths have decreased 58% from 6,015 in 1978 to 2,520 in 2011. That is why the installation and use of smoke alarms are promoted by fire and life safety experts around the world. Iowa State Fire Marshal (SFM) Ray Reynolds knows this, as he has consistently demonstrated since assuming Read more [...]
"HIMYM" May Get Laughs, but Sets Bad Example for Fire Safety

"HIMYM" May Get Laughs, but Sets Bad Example for Fire Safety

Now, it is obvious that not everyone intuitively knows that this week (October 7-13) is Fire Prevention Week, but the CBS hit comedy "How I Met Your Mother" goofed big time in last night's episode ("Nannies"). For folks tuning in to laugh at the latest relationship escapades of Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily and Robin, there were plenty of entertaining moments to be had. What was not funny, however, was Marshall removing the batteries from several smoke detectors to Read more [...]
Protect Your Family From Fire

Protect Your Family From Fire

This week (October 9-15) is Fire Prevention Week, and life safety advocates across the nation are reminding Americans to "Protect Your Family From Fire!" First established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, Fire Prevention Week has been observed every year since during the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 (the day the Chicago Fire did most of Read more [...]
How to Save (a College Student’s) Life

How to Save (a College Student’s) Life

Fall is here, and you know what that means - college students around the country have returned to their campuses, eager to party, date, and yes, even study. And while most students come to campus loaded with textbooks, shower caddies, TVs, pizza money, and plenty of advice from their parents, one can only hope that they are also armed with fire safety smarts. September is Campus Fire Safety Month. and colleges and universities throughout the nation are conducting events to raise students' Read more [...]
Why Doesn’t Europe Want the Best Fire Protection

Why Doesn’t Europe Want the Best Fire Protection

Fire pump controllers, assemblies of electronic and electrical devices, are intended to ensure critical life-safety operation of fire-fighting pump motors in buildings.  If the pump motors or the controllers fail to operate, there is significant potential for loss of life and loss of buildings and their contents.  Why would anyone write a regulation that could hamper the ability to provide protection against fire? There is a need for electrical current protection Read more [...]
Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The Fire Marhal in Loudoun County, Virginia has seen a need for smoke alarm installation and maintenance in the County.  While the annual death rate of people from fires has fallen dramatically over the past 25 years, the percentage who died at home has remained high at approximately 75 - 80%.  The useage of smoke alarms increased during this time, but human indifference is thought to be a factor.  Smoke alarms tend to wear out after a decade and Read more [...]
The Importance of Surge Protection

The Importance of Surge Protection

Came across an article in the Washington Examiner this week.  An arc in an underground power line caused a surge that blew off an electric meter in the basement of an apartment building in Washington, DC, and caused a small electrical fire.  Fortunately no one was hurt, but 75 people were temporarily displaced.    This demonstrates that residences should be protected from surges to prevent costly damage.  The members Read more [...]
AFCI’s – A Little Opposition Can be Good

AFCI’s – A Little Opposition Can be Good

Each cycle of State adoptions of the National Electrical Code ® tends to focus on a couple of key changes in the NEC.  For NEC 2008 those key changes are Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and tamper proof receptacles.  Surprisingly this is having significant benefits for the electrical industry. Opposition to these devices has come from state home builders associations who have often used their political connections to sway the decision of the state board responsible for setting Read more [...]
Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Common sense won the day as the Ohio Board of Building Standards voted for a second time to adopt the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) on December 12th .  This cleared up a confused year in which Governor Stickland succumbed to pressure from the Home Builder's Association of Ohio and signed an emergency order reversing the board's earlier approval of the NEC 2008 and calling for public hearings. Fortunately those public hearings only strengthened the case for the Adoption of NEC 2008 Read more [...]