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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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Dr.andMrs.Mansi

 

IAAI President Dr. Peter Mansi

and his wife, Claire, visit California

and the November 2014 Training Seminar.

 

The Goal is Truth

By Paul Francois & Enrique Garcia
Third Degree Communications

When testifying in court as to the manner in which we conducted an interview, defense counsel will often ask us whether we just wanted his client to "confess." We answer that we do not seek confessions  but rather truth. After all, no good cop is interested in false information, only truthful information. That is why our motto at Third Degree Communications is "Nothing but the Truth."

One little tidbit we impart on our students to help convey this concept is by reminding them that if obtaining the truth is their ultimate goal, then they should be doing nothing that might prevent them from obtaining the truth. For example, getting angry with a subject who is lying would most likely sever rapport and interfere with accomplishing the goal of obtaining the truth. Raising my voice, insulting him, or speaking to him in a condescending manner are all most likely going to be rapport killers that will stymie my ability to get to a successful and truthful outcome with the subject. If we want to get people to provide us with truthful information, we should avoid doing anything that will interfere with accomplishing this goal.

This actually applies to many areas of our lives if we think about it. Let's say I've made a new year's resolution to avoid gossiping about other people. There are several steps I can and should consider that will help me accomplish this goal, including but not limited to:

  •  Avoiding certain people who I know thrive on gossip
  • Not asking certain questions that are more likely to lead to gossip, such as "Who did that?" "What are you guys talking about?" "What happened next?"
  • Excusing myself from conversations that turn in the direction of gossip

In the same manner, if my goal is to obtain truthful information, I must only engage in behavior that's more likely to help me accomplish this goal and to avoid behavior that will interfere: 

  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Manipulating my tone of voice to maximize my effectiveness
  • Establishing rapport
  • Being a compassionate, empathetic listener
  • Projecting an image of being non-judgmental and accepting

 

Getting people to tell the truth means creating an environment that is conducive to helping them cooperate. Obtaining our goal means everything that I say and do is oriented toward achieving that goal. It's a remarkably simple concept, but a critical one to remember throughout the interview.

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