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This recall involves under-odorized propane gas (LP) delivered to consumers for use in storage tanks or sold at retail locations for use in portable refillable tanks (for use in recreational vehicles, barbeques, stoves and other appliances). LP was also sold to businesses for commercial and industrial use.




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54 models affected.

Toshiba has issued a recall for Li-Ion battery packs sold with certain models of its laptops and notebooks due a risk of the device catching fire.

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Purpose of This Paper

This paper is written for multiple purposes.  First, it hopes to provide to prospective plaintiffs, including subrogated insurers, at least some food for thought in evaluating the accuracy of the opinions expressed in reports they receive from those who would call themselves fire experts.  Second, it hopes to serve a similar purpose with regard to manufacturers and other prospective defendants who receive claims from potential plaintiffs based on those evaluations.  Third, and indulging some reasonable expectation that regardless of their respective evaluations, plaintiffs and defendants will continue to disagree and that lawsuits will ensue, the subject matter of this paper will supply an excellent, skeletal outline for the cross-examination of fire experts.  Merely substituting a question mark for the period following each of the following statements of fire science, for example, will provide litigants and practitioners alike with a helpful tool to evaluate their claims or ultimately determine success at trial.  Proper use of the tool will allow the questioning attorney to achieve the ultimate goal of controlling the adverse party's expert.

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This recall involves AC power cords sold with Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers before March 15, 2015. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices have a black case with the product name on the back of the device toward the bottom. Surface Pro 3 computers have a silver case with “Windows 8 Pro” on the back of the device under the kickstand. This recall also involves accessory power supply units that include an AC power cord sold separately before March 15, 2015. The recalled power cords do not have a 1/8-inch sleeve on the cord on the end that connects to the power supply.

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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.



The recall includes three models of the Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright vacuums, model UD70210, UD70210CA and UD70210RM. The model number and manufacture date code are printed on a silver label on the back side of the vacuum. The vacuums are identical with black, gray and clear housing with red and purple trim. “Total Pet” is printed underneath the Dirt Devil logo in the center of the vacuum. Only vacuums with the first three digits of the four digit manufacture date code that begin with B14 through I15 are included in the recall. All recalled vacuums were manufactured between February 2014 and September 2015.

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Seminars - Webinars - Training

March 2016 Training Seminar

CCAI March 2016 Training Seminar

March 7 - 9, 2016

Embassy Suites Hotel, San Luis Obispo, CA  

The CCAI Training Committee will be presenting another in its series of “Burn to Learn” training seminars on March 7, 8 and 9, 2016 in San Luis Obispo.  Do not miss out!

In an effort to minimize the downtime, not only will we be burning two large structures, we will be conducting numerous tests to expand everyone’s fire knowledge.  Tests on carpeting, vinyl flooring, wood flooring, varying types of furniture items, etc. will be performed using a variety of fuels.

Tests using different gauges of energized electrical wiring will be conducted throughout the burn day.  Temperatures will be monitored relating to high resistance heating of various size conductors.  Varied sizes of energized conductors will be subjected to direct flame impingement and the arcing (faulting) will be available for examination.

Thermocouples will be appropriately and strategically placed to collect the maximum amount of information during each test.  Attendees will be able to record the results of each of these tests and later be able to testify that they were present at, participated in and have first-hand knowledge of the tests as they were conducted.  Testing on things such as firebombs, light bulbs versus different types of cloth material, spontaneous ignition, and cigarette caused ignitions along with a variety of other experiments will be managed throughout the day on Tuesday.  This information is an essential “Need to Know” for every Professional Fire Investigator.  Do not miss this opportunity.

Many of the fire patterns depicted in NFPA 921 will be duplicated in one or both of the buildings that will eventually be burned.  Instructors will be on hand to explain the fire patterns and what it takes for them to happen.

Learn about the effects of ventilation, flashover, compartment fires, fire growth, ceiling height, fire spread between compartments, fire spread via openings, temperature estimations, surface effects of char, how to measure depth of char, the importance of melting of certain materials, smoke deposits on surfaces, clean burn patterns on wall board, smoke concentrate on window panes, crazed window glass, lines or areas of demarcation, inverted cone patterns, hourglass patterns, U-shaped patterns, effects of room ventilation and ventilation created fire patterns, suppression generated fire patterns, drop-down fires, protected areas versus non-protected areas, etc.  A variety of burn tests will be conducted with different types of fuels on different types of floor surfaces consisting of vinyl, laminated wood, carpet, plywood, concrete, etc.

Using normal combustibles, one of the large buildings will be set on fire in the morning and then extinguished.  Everyone will be allowed to identify a variety of different burn patterns on the interior of the structure.  The second building will be set on ablaze in the afternoon using flammable (combustible) liquids, and the process repeated so the attendees can experience the difference in fire patterns, fire spread, temperature readings, etc.

Do not miss your opportunity to evaluate and learn from this type of “hands-on” education.  Bring your notebook, open your mind, take photographs and learn while you take advantage of the dozen or more separate tests that will be taking place during the day.




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