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CCAI was recently contacted by CBS (San Francisco) News Investigative Reporter, Julie Watts, regarding fire retardant chemicals in child car seats, and was looking for footage of burning vehicles. We were happy to help.

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Car seats are the only consumer product that parents are legally required to purchase in every state, though they are also commonly used outside of the car as strollers seats, swing inserts and as a place for babies to sleep inside the home.

A recent KPIX investigation repeatedly uncovered concerning, even cancer-causing, chemicals in a majority of the car seats tested. Then, using biomonitoring, we linked high levels of cancer-causing flame retardants in a child’s body to the flame retardants in her car seat.

The alleged culprit: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 44-year old Federal Motor Vehicle Flammability Standard, FMVSS No. 302.

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Toxic Safety: Investigating Car Seat Chemicals

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This recall involves all sizes of Wamsutta Dream Zone cotton 800 thread count mattress pads, manufactured from August 2015 through January 2016. Hollander Sleep Products, style number 266BB and the manufacture dates are printed on a label on a side of the mattress pad.

Get all the details at CPSC.

 
CCAI is proud to announce that the International Association of Arson Investigators presented the James L. Smith Outstanding Chapter Publication Award to the California Conference of Arson Investigators.  It was presented at the recent ITC in Orlando, Florida and President Dale Feb was on hand to accept the award.  Thank you IAAI

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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During the course of my 17 plus years investigating fire losses in the private sector, I have made some observations that I am compelled to share.  During recent years, I have noticed a trend of engineers attending a 5-day class and then receiving a certification as a “Certified Fire Investigator”.  Sounds good.  We all like to throw around the letters we have earned after our names.  The only problem is not all of the individuals that attain this type of certification have very much experience in the totality of investigating a fire scene.

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

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Hollander Sleep Products Recalls Mattress Pads Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard; Sold Exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond

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This recall involves all sizes of Wamsutta Dream Zone cotton 800 thread count mattress pads, manufactured from August 2015 through January 2016. Hollander Sleep Products, style number 266BB and the manufacture dates are printed on a label on a side of the mattress pad.

Get all the details at CPSC.

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Feds Blamed for Needlessly Exposing Kids to “Cancer-Causing” Car Seat Chemicals

CCAI was recently contacted by CBS (San Francisco) News Investigative Reporter, Julie Watts, regarding fire retardant chemicals in child car seats, and was looking for footage of burning vehicles. We were happy to help.


SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Car seats are the only consumer product that parents are legally required to purchase in every state, though they are also commonly used outside of the car as strollers seats, swing inserts and as a place for babies to sleep inside the home.

A recent KPIX investigation repeatedly uncovered concerning, even cancer-causing, chemicals in a majority of the car seats tested. Then, using biomonitoring, we linked high levels of cancer-causing flame retardants in a child’s body to the flame retardants in her car seat.

The alleged culprit: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 44-year old Federal Motor Vehicle Flammability Standard, FMVSS No. 302.

Click here for the video

Click on the link to see the full investigation.

Toxic Safety: Investigating Car Seat Chemicals

Outstanding Chapter Publication

Award
 
CCAI is proud to announce that the International Association of Arson Investigators presented the James L. Smith Outstanding Chapter Publication Award to the California Conference of Arson Investigators.  It was presented at the recent ITC in Orlando, Florida and President Dale Feb was on hand to accept the award. 

Thank you IAAI

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ARE YOU HIRING A FIRE INVESTIGATOR OR A COMPANY NAME?

 

During the course of my 17 plus years investigating fire losses in the private sector, I have made some observations that I am compelled to share.  During recent years, I have noticed a trend of engineers attending a 5-day class and then receiving a certification as a “Certified Fire Investigator”.  Sounds good.  We all like to throw around the letters we have earned after our names.  The only problem is not all of the individuals that attain this type of certification have very much experience in the totality of investigating a fire scene.

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Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning and Stray Currents.

This week's "From Out of the Abyss" article was found in the March 1957, Vol. III-No.3, issue of the CCAI Newsletter.  It is 14 pages long and took up the majority of the newsletter.

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