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This recall involves all models of single- and dual-purpose Coaire and Quietside brand tankless gas water heaters. The recalled water heaters heat either 4 or 7.2 gallons of water per minute. They are white and come in the following dimension ranges: 25-28 inches tall x 15-19 inches wide x 8-14 inches thick. The words “S-Line Condensing” are on the top front and brand names “Coaire” or “Quietside” are on the bottom front of the recalled water heaters.

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This recall involves air exchangers with and without heat recovery sold underdifferent brands that are used to circulate air in and out of the home.  The metal air exchangers are painted blue or grey. Air exchangers with heat recovery included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through May 2008 and have brand and model information written on a silver or black label on the outside panel. Air exchangers without heat recovery included in this recall were manufactured from January 2002 through July 2009 and have brand and model information printed on the unit's rating plate or imprinted on the side of the unit.

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This recall involves Cool Draft misting mid pressure and high pressure mistingfans. The misting fans fit on top of 15 gallon yellow or orange round Igloo coolers or on top of gray 40 gallon water tanks. Cool Draft by Ventamatic is printed on a sticker on the fan’s water tank and www.cooldraft.com is printed on a sticker in the center of all of fans.

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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.

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Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology is rapidly becoming a preferred choice for battery power across all segments of society. This relatively new technology offers significant improvements in energy and power density over conventional battery technologies, such as alkaline and NiCad. In transportation vehicle applications, Li-ion batteries deliver more energy and power with less weight and maintenance than conventional batteries, making them a desirable choice of manufacturers.

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The Electric Grid: An Invaluable Utility Our nation’s expectation for reliable, uninterrupted electrical power to fuel all aspects of life—our business commerce, our homes, our hospitals, etc.—has escalated to such a high degree of confidence that we don’t give it a second thought. A large majority of the world’s population expects this vital necessity as a self-sufficient commodity, however invaluable it may be. Yet, when we examine the far reaching impact of the grid on the sustainability of our critical infrastructure we realize that this asset is far too valuable to settle for minimal security provisions.

Our nation’s expectation for reliable, uninterrupted electrical power to fuel all aspects of life — our business commerce, our homes, our hospitals,etc.— has escalated to such a highdegree of confidence that we don’t give it a second thought. A large majority of the world’s population expects this vital necessity as a self-sufficient commodity, however invaluable it may be. Yet, when we examine the far reaching impact of the grid on the sustainability of our critical infrastructure we realize that this asset is far too valuable to settle for minimal security provisions.

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Arson Fires Underreported

SAN DIEGO - A Team 10 and Scripps News investigation found arson fires are not investigated properly in many American cities -- including San Diego -- due to a chaotic patchwork of reporting systems and standards.

Many deliberately set building fires are not reported to the federal government.

Nationally, just 5 percent of all residential building fires are intentionally set, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  Data collected by Scripps News suggests the national arson rate to be significantly higher.

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Advanced Explosive Recognition 2013

The Central Valley Arson Investigators association continued the tradition of providing outstanding training at their annual Advanced Explosive Recognition class.  The training was held once again at the Tulare International Agri-Center grounds.  This year’s topic was the history of the American criminal bombings.  Guest speaker Ed Nordskog, LA Sheriff’s Department, lead the class through the history of American bombings, from the earliest bombings in America right up to the most current-day events.

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Practical Approaches for Recouping Good Faith Payments

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by: Larry Arnold

Faced with growing losses, insurance companies are focusing on fraud management and implementing risk mitigation controls, while at the same time remaining cognizant of their duty of good faith to policyholders.  So what happens when an insurer makes good faith payments on legitimate elements of an insurance claim but subsequently uncovers fraud in other elements of the claim?  Is the insurer entitled to recover all monies paid as part of the claim?  Or only the amount paid in reliance on the insured's misrepresentations?

Previously, there was no clear answer.  It was safe to assume that an insurer could recover monies paid on a claim under the right circumstances – the difficulty occurred when trying to recover payments made prior to the established fraud date.  For example, in California, the insurance code states, “If a representation is false in a material point, whether affirmative or promissory, the injured party is entitled to rescind the contract from the time the representation becomes false.”

Recent trial court rulings in favor of insurance companies, however, are changing the claims landscape.  These rulings will impact the way insurance companies handle genuine claims that are subsequently tainted by fraud, encouraging them to be proactive in recouping good faith payments.

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Water and Burning Cooking Oil

The three pictures below show the effect of putting one cup of water in a pan of one cup of oil on fire. You should always choose to cover the burning pan with a lid or cookie sheet and then turn off the burner. If you put water on the oil fire, the effects will almost always be deadly.

Submitted by Troy Morrison PIO CCAI

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Surviving fires: How common mistakes can lead to devastating fires

Shared by Jamie Novak, St Paul Fire Department

Surviving_firesCOON RAPIDS, Minn. - Fire does not schedule home visits, nor do firefighters arrive by appointment.

In the interest of fire safety, we decided to change that.

During two days of shooting, a crew of firefighters and KARE 11 photographers with a dozen cameras gathered at the most deadly place for fires in Minnesota: home.

Jamie Novak, a St. Paul Fire investigator, helped us locate a three-bedroom rambler in Coon Rapids that was already scheduled for demolition.

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