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Smoke Alarm Safety

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

Clear the air with these smoke alarm facts!

 

Did you know?

Three out of every five home fire deaths happen in homes where there are no smoke alarms present, or no working smoke alarms. Most home fire deaths occur because people are sleeping when a fire breaks out.

 

Why take the chance?

By having a working smoke alarm, the chances that it will wake up the occupants of the home and allow them to get out safely, is greatly increased! Prepare your home against the dangers of smoke inhalation with the right equipment, proper installation and an exit plan. 

 

 

Types of Smoke Detectors

There are many smoke alarm brands, but which is the best? All of these brands fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric. Each one detects a different type of fire – but since no one can predict what type of fire may start, the USFA recommends that every home install both types of alarms or a dual sensor smoke alarm.

 

A dual sensor alarm contains both photoelectric and ionization sensors. There are even smoke alarms equipped with strobe lights and vibrations to alert those who are unable to hear a standard alarm. 

 

 

 

 

Where To Place Smoke Alarms

Be sure to place an alarm everywhere that needs protection – every floor! Each bedroom and hallway outside of the bedrooms needs a smoke alarm on the ceiling. The manufacturer’s instructions will offer more assistance on the best place to put your alarm. Know when to call in an expert - only qualified electricians should install hardwired smoke alarms. 

 

 

 

 

Create Exit Plans

Finally, take the time to create and learn exit plans with the whole family. Every room should have an exit plan – the quickest and safest way to get outside. Be sure to practice these exit plans, especially if you have younger children! This will help them to remember the exit strategies in case of an emergency.

 

Keep it safe and remember to make Summer 2014 memorable!


AFCI Breaker Requirements Extension

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Postponing of the Expansion of AFCI Requirements for 120 days
Compliments of the ICE Co. Team

Alright blog followers, get ready for some dry electrical reading, but wait, its also pertinent to each one of your homes. An arc fault breaker monitors the circuit, and if unwanted arcing occurs, it trips the breaker, interrupting the electrical current. Without current, the arc is extinguished. (Which protects against fire!- I'm glad were on the same page that AFCI's are a type of protection for you, and your home... Because those perfectly aged hardwood floors could be toast, and more importantly you can rest easy knowing your family will be safer).


Source: State of Oregon Building Codes Division.   The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) expanded the requirement for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) to include dwelling unit family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar rooms and areas.

You made it this far and are probably wondering, well how does this exactly affect me??  Well essentially, you now have a bit more time before any new or remodel construction projects will require you to AFCI protect all the above mentioned rooms.

At that time, the State of Oregon Electrical Board recommended that AFCI protection be applied only to bedrooms. The Electrical Board ultimately recommended delaying the expansion of AFCI protection beyond bedrooms to provide time for nuisance issues to be resolved. The Building Codes Division adopted rules to require expansion of the AFCI effective July 1, 2012.
 
On May 24, 2012 the board recommended to the division that the expansion of AFCIs be removed from the Oregon code base on continued nuisance tripping concerns. The board sought and received feedback from contractors, installers, and manufactures prior to making the May 24 recommendation.
 
The Building Codes Division adopted emergency rules to postpone expansion of AFCI requirements for 120 days. The delay will provide an opportunity for further research of other states’ experience for further analysis of the issues.
 
Effect of the rule: This rule will temporarily delay implementation of the expanded requirement for AFCI protection in the state of Oregon until November 1, 2012.


Thanks for brushing up on AFCI protection! We will post further updated information as it becomes available.
If you have any questions as to how this amended rule may affect you, please contact us.

 

Read more: What Is an ARC Fault Breaker? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_6172506_arc-fault-breaker_.html#ixzz1yvrpNLuB

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