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Smart Receptacle’s time has come

Smart Receptacle’s time has come

The High Performance Building is coming along quite well technologically.  New ideas and products show up like mushrooms after the rain.  One product area where we’ll definitively see improvements is the good old receptacle and its matching plug.  In addition to already familiar functions like GFCIs for personal protection we’ve seen recently product proposals offering several additional benefits: Safety Thermal detection would turn off the current when the wire Read more [...]
A Year in the Life of the CPSC

A Year in the Life of the CPSC

On August 14, 2008, former President George W. Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314), landmark legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the the CPSC. At the time, the CPSC was operating with a two-member quorum comprised of one Republican appointee, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and one Democratic appointee, Commissioner Thomas Moore.  The small agency had fallen under attack for failing to fulfill its mission to protect the American people, Read more [...]
Hoosiers Misfire…on Electrical Safety

Hoosiers Misfire…on Electrical Safety

As a born-and-bred Hoosier, I'm generally proud of my home state and the common-sense values the people of Indiana hold.  But when I read NEMA Field Representative Don Iverson's report on Indiana's adoption of the 2008 Nationel Electrical Code, I was dismayed to learn that the state's Department of Homeland Security decided to compromise on electrical safety by recommending the deletion of arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI), ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), and tamper-resistant Read more [...]