EXPLOSIONS CALLED 'AN EPIDEMIC'
as reported by Juniper Rose of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
Explosions, fires and hospitalizations stemming from homemade hash oil operations have led to a spike in prosecutions of hash oil manufacturers.
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Nova Bus is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 LFS transit buses manufactured June 2010 to June 2014. In the affected vehicles, the terminal on the postive alternator cable may fracture causing the cable to arc to other components.
See the details at NHTSA
This recall involves Vornado VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters sold in two colors, black and white. The heaters measure about 10.5 inches high, 9 inches deep and 10.5 inches at the base growing narrower at the top. The on/off switch and the high/low heat settings are located on top of the unit. The Vornado logo appears with a gray “V” on the front of the unit. Recalled heaters have the numbers 1 and 3 as the fourth and fifth digits of the serial number. The model and serial numbers appear on a silver decal located on the bottom of the unit.
See the complete details at CPSC
In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.
Many times, a fire investigator will conclude that a device was electrically energized at the time of a fire based on the presence of a bead on a wire. If an energized device is present in the area of origin, it is likely that it will be considered as a potential cause of a fire. Some training guides put forth that beads can only be formed from arcing on wires that were electrically energized when they were exposed to a fire or caused a fire. Therefore, the presence or absence of a bead on a wire can have a strong influence on the direction of a fire investigation. Hence, it is important to have a clear understanding of the various electrical and thermal conditions which can produce beads on electrical wires.
The main objective of this research was to determine, experimentally, if distinguishing characteristics exist between energized and non-energized wires subjected to various types of fire exposures. The large majority of research published in the literature has not tested energized and non-energized wires under the same conditions. A total of more than 190 wires were tested under various fire conditions. Wire types included 12-gauge and 14-gauge solid conductors and 16-gauge and 18-gauge stranded conductors. The tests were conducted using a bench-scale, premixed flame impingement apparatus, a bench-scale 125 kW/m2 radiant tunnel apparatus, a 2/5-scale flashover compartment, and a full-scale flashover compartment. The use of various types of exposure conditions ensured that the characteristics on the wires (or lack thereof) were not caused by one specific type of thermal insult. Wires were tested in both an energized and non-energized state. Energized wires were tested under “load” and “no load” conditions. Under load conditions, the energized wires were plugged into a 110-120 volt power source with 9 to 13 amps of current. Under “no load” conditions, the wires were plugged into the power supply, but no current was flowing in the circuit.
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This recall involves lighted night stands sold in three different styles and finishes. The night stands are made of wood, have two drawers, a power strip on the back panel and a 20 watt halogen bulb on the underside of the bottom panel. Recalled models include: 244-421 Willow Run in a toffee finish, 245-421 Willow Run in a white finish and 237-420 Americana in a medium oak finish. They measure about 22 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 27 inches high. “Lea” and the model number are printed on a label on the back of the night stands. There are two touch buttons on either side of the side panels which operate the nightstand’s lamp.
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This recall involves Genie, models PowerMax 1200 and 1500, and Genie Pro, models TriloG 1200 and 1500, screw drive garage door openers. The garage openers are gray and have a rating of ¾ HPc for the models ending in 1200 and 1 HPc for the models ending in 1500. “Genie” and the model name appear on both sides of the opener. The serial numbers are printed on a label located on the side opposite to the light.
Posted: May 13, 2013 7:26 PM PDT Updated: May 13, 2013 8:06 PM PDTWASHINGTON -Millions of homes now have smart meters and if you don't have one yet, you probably will.
Power companies are swapping out old meters -- for newer "smart" versions. The devices allow utilities to read your meter wirelessly without sending a meter reader.
But opposition is growing here and across the country warning of health and safety concerns. Some smart meters have overheated and caught fire.
Believe or not to believe…that is the question.
CARLISLE, Ky. - Fire officials say a central Kentucky woman doused her couch in alcohol in an attempt to kill bed bugs, but dropped a lit cigarette on the furniture and started a fire.
WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that about 30 people in a Carlise apartment complex lost their homes in Friday night's blaze.
Firefighters disappeared into the smoke as they climbed the ladder to make sure everyone was out the building.
It took hours to get a handle on the out of control fire.
Everyone made it out of the apartments, but four people were treated for smoke inhalation.
Complex resident Jackie Bond told the station that she lost everything, but "As long as everybody's alive, I'll find a way."
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General Motors Co. will recall 370,000 full-size pickups for fire risks after eight reported fires. The automaker is urging owners not to leave their trucks unattended while idling.GM said Friday it will recall 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras to reprogram software that could lead to overheating of exhaust components, potentially causing engine compartment fires. The 2014 Silverado is one of three finalists for North American Truck of the Year, which will be awarded Monday at the North American International Auto Show.
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