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Recall date: JULY 17, 2014
Recall number: 14-233

Name of product:
USB car charger adapters, power adapters and 8-pin charger cables.
Hazard:
Improperly mounted plug blades, and inadequate electronic circuitry create a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
See full article at CPSC

The following is a response by a  CCAI member regarding the Electrolux Dryer Fire article that was posted on July 8, 2014.

 

I appeared in Federal Court in San Diego this year as the plaintiff’s witness in a subrogation case against Electrolux dryers.  The fire occurred in Fallbrook, CA 2008.  It involved a two story single family residence with the washer and dryer located on the second floor.  I was called to the scene to investigate the fire.

When I arrived, the Electrolux dryer was in the front yard and the top had been opened by the fire department.  I did my usual exterior and interior inspection and arrived at the laundry room.  The fire was confined to envelopment of the laundry room; with smoke damage extending out the laundry room door.

I inspected the room for all signs of ignition and found none.  I looked at the dryer exhaust.  I interview the insured and proceeded to the front lawn to inspect the dryer.

The dryer had very defined plum and burn patterns indicating the area of the fire’s origin within the dryer.  The Electrolux dryer cannot be accessed from the rear and therefore I did not remove any interior parts.  I took all necessary photographs.

The adjuster was on hand, and we discussed removal and storage of the dryer.  The adjuster said he would take charge of the dryer and make arrangements for storage.

When I was in trial, the defense attacked me, because I did not take photographs of the dryer exhaust on the side of the residence, second story.  Further, I did not photograph the interior of the exhaust line to see if it was plugged with lint.  I testified that the dryer exhaust opening, within the laundry room, appeared to be clear.  I testified that the dryer was the area of origin, and something within the dryer was the ignition source.  Not good enough.

The defense’s position was that the insured did not call a professional and have the lint removed; the dryer would need to be dissembled.  They also contended that the exhaust line may have been plugged with lint and thus lint backed up within the dryer further adding fuel and ultimately igniting.  The jury did not find enough evidence to suggest a design flaw with the dryer and therefore ruled in favor of Electrolux.

The trial I was in marks the fifth trial that Electrolux has won.  They claim the design of the dryer does not cause fires.  I strongly suggest that if anyone is investigating a dryer fire and especially Electrolux, be prepared to run a camera snake the full length of the exhaust line and take as much of the exhaust line as possible to be preserved as evidence along with the dryer.  In this case, I could not have taken the exhaust line without tearing into the wall.  However, even though the Electrolux dryer was the ignition source, the jury believed that Electrolux was not liable for the fire.

See Electrolux article here

Recall Date: July 10, 2014
Recall Number: 14-228

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Power adaptor/chargers (promotional giveaway)

Hazard: The adaptors can overheat, posing a burn hazard.

Read full recall report 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.

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U.S. Fire Administration

Electricity is a basic part of residential life in the U.S.  It provides the energy for most powered items in a contemporary home, from lights to heating systems to television.  Today it is hard to imagine a residence without electricity.  It a part of our homes and our activities that most of us take for granted.  We rarely think how powerful electricity is.

Yet, using electricity can have dangerous consequences.  Electrical fires occur frequently throughout the U.S., causing injury, claiming lives, and resulting in large losses of property. From 2009 to 2011, an estimated 25,900 residential building electrical fires were reported by U.S. fire departments annually.

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Electrolux dryers are dangerously vulnerable to catching fire, according to complaints, consumer reports, and recent lawsuits.  Allegedly, some electric and gas models of Electrolux dryers contain a defect that allows lint to build up in areas unserviceable to owners and close to a heat source, posing a heightened risk of fire.  At least one previous lawsuit also points to a possible bearing failure that causes the drum to move and make contact with the rear heating element, creating sparks which may light lint and other flammable objects.

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November 10-12, 2014 Training Seminar

CCAI Training Seminar November 10 - 12, 2014  - Click here  for the registration form
Information about the seminar is coming soon.
 

Passing of Kyle Price

Kyle-Price_webMy wife and I can not begin to thank you enough for the prayers, thoughts and support that you have extended to us during our time of loss.  For those of you who did not know our son Kyle, you will never know what a GREAT person he was, but we cherish your heartfelt thoughts for us.  For those of you who did know him, we know that you will miss him as well as we do.  It's soo... hard to loose someone who has been a BIG part of your life, especially when it's your child.  We know that our faith and belief in God will get us through these hard times.  Please take / MAKE time to Love, embrace and appreciate your family and friends.  Life is too short and can be taken away so suddenly as evident in the recent Aurora, Co. event.

Services for Kyle will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

Location: "The Rock" Church
101 E. Orangethorpe
Anaheim, Ca.

Viewing: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Celebration of Life: 1:00 pm


Thank You,
The Price Family

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in the name of Kyle Price to:

JJCCC*
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, California 90806
(*Jonathan Jaques Childrens Cancer Center)

Bathroom Ceiling Exhaust Fans

Risk Control
Bathroom Ceiling Exhaust Fans
Introduction
This document provides information concerning ceiling mounted bathroom exhaust fans, used in residential, as well as industrial/commercial facilities, and provides guidance for facilities where these types of fans are present. It will help to familiarize the reader with the potential fire hazards associated with this type of fan.

Risk Control

Bathroom Ceiling Exhaust Fans

Introduction
This document provides information concerning ceiling mounted bathroom exhaust fans, used in residential, as well as industrial/commercial facilities, and provides guidance for facilities where these types of fans are present. It will help to familiarize the reader with the potential fire hazards associated with this type of fan.

Governor Brown Directs State Agencies to Revise Flammability Standards

SACRAMENTO – in an effort to protect public safety by reducing the use of toxic flame retardants, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today advised state agencies to revise flammability standards for upholstered furniture sold in the state.

Governor Brown has asked the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to review the state’s four-decade-old flammability standards and recommend changes to reduce toxic flame retardants while continuing to ensure fire safety.

“Toxic flame retardants are found in everything from high chairs to couches and a growing body of evidence suggests that these chemicals harm human health and the environment,” said Governor Brown. “We must find better ways to meet fire safety standards by reducing and eliminating—wherever possible—dangerous chemicals.”
Studies show that humans are at risk from exposure to toxic chemicals used as flame retardants in upholstered furniture. A 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group found that toddlers often have three times the level of flame retardant chemicals in their bodies as their parents, and California children have some of the highest levels of toxic flame retardants in their bodies.

A peer-reviewed study by scientists at Cal/EPA found that California women have much higher levels of toxic flame retardants in their breast tissue than women in other states and countries. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley found statistically significant associations between flame retardant levels in the blood of California women and reduced fertility. The researchers believe this link may result from alterations in thyroid hormone levels after exposure to the chemicals.

Numerous studies demonstrate that firefighters have significantly elevated rates of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and brain cancer. A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded that firefighters have a significantly elevated risk of cancer that may be attributed to toxic chemicals they inhale, including flame retardants.

The guidelines in place now—Technical Bulletin 117 for flammability standards—will be updated to reflect modern manufacturing methods that can lower the use of harmful chemicals.

The process to change these regulations will include workshops and the opportunity for public comment as well as administrative review.


Governor Jerry Brown
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Press Release - Contra Costa County FPD

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Press Release

Subject: Walnut Creek Man Arrested for Arson
Release Date:April 10th 2012
Contact:
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925-941-3541 Office
925-383-5034 Cell
Vic Massenkoff, Fire Investigator

Late on Friday April 6th, 62 year old Walnut Creek resident Brent Robert Kastroff waskastroff
arrested by Contra Costa County Fire District Investigators and the Walnut Creek Police Department at his home in the community of Rossmoor.

In January of this year, Fire Investigators received information about a small fire that occurred on private property on Vista Del Valle in Lafayette. The property is a large parcel that contains 3 homes, but the majority of the 90 acres is grass covered land that even when maintained can still pose a wildfire threat to nearby homes and residents due to it’s size and topography. The investigation lead to the discovery of a previously unreported fire in May of 2011 in the same area; however there were no leads in either incident.

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Press Release

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
Press Release

Subject:        Serial Arsonist Arrest
 Pittsburg, Antioch, and Bay Point areas
Release Date:  December 21, 2011

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Investigators, assisted by the Pittsburg Police Department, arrested arson suspect, Thomas Hartman, 53 years old, from Pittsburg late Thursday afternoon December 15, 2011 after a Superior Court Judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

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