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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 [...]
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 [...]
Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

While the NEMA Signaling, Protection and Communication Section (03SB) was meeting in Seattle last week and discussing the latest research, codes, regulations and legislation impacting smoke/fire and carbon monoxide detection, a story broke in Atlanta that is downright scary: thousands of counterfeit smoke alarms were installed in Atlanta homes by the city's fire department. CBS Atlanta broke the story last Wednesday, citing an investigation that found that over 18,000 counterfeit 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 [...]
Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week, and this year's theme is "Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned."  Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the focus of this year's Fire Prevention Week activities is on burn awareness and prevention, as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.  Last Friday, President Obama signed a proclamation designating Fire Prevention Week.  In his proclamation, the president highlighted Read more [...]
Change your clocks, change your batteries

Change your clocks, change your batteries

Daylight savings time ends this weekend, so while you change your clocks to enjoy an extra hour of sleep, make sure that you also change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Regular testing of these important life safety devices is recommended by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Most alarms installed today have a life span of about 5-10 years, depending on alarm. If your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide device is older than that, it is time to think about replacing the Read more [...]