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Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinklers
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers, identified below, bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is not known if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinklers are marked TY3151, TY3251, and TY3351, the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by TYCO Fire & Building Products.
Name of Product: Models TY3151, TY3251, and TY3351.
The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and the following on the deflector and “TYCO” on the wrench boss and may be provided with an orange guard that also bears a counterfeit UL Mark. The counterfeit fire sprinklers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” or “YD05”: TY3151 155°F 68°C SU; TY3251 155°F 68°C SP; TY3251 200°F 93°C SP; TY3351 155°F 68°C HSW.
Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
These counterfeit fire sprinklers were found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has received previous reports of counterfeit for Models TY3151 and TY3251 in Vietnam.
To learn more see Release No. 18PN-20 and Release No. 15PN-21 at: www.UL.com.
Also see Release 18PN-21 and 18PN-22: The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers, identified below, bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is not known if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinklers are marked GL5661 and GL5651, the fire sprinklers were not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler.
Product Models: Models GL5661 and GL5651
The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and “GLOBE” on the wrench boss. The counterfeit fire sprinklers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” and may be provided with an orange guard.
Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
The fire sprinklers have been found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
Product Models: Models GL5661 and GL5651
The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and “MAFCO” on the wrench boss. The counterfeit fire sprinklers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” and may be provided with an orange guard.
Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
These fire sprinklers have been found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
To learn more see Release No. 18PN-21 and 18PN-22 at: www.UL.com.
UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-05)
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “TYCO,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco Fire & Building Products.
UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-05)
UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-08)
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified in the link below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “GLOBE,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation.
UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-08)
UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.
UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
Although the fire sprinkler’s wrench boss is marked “TYCO”, the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco, its affiliates, or agents.
Name of Product: Pendent Type Fire Sprinkler
Identification: On the product: The counterfeit sprinkler has the UL Mark on the wrench boss. The UL Certified Tyco sprinkler is provided with the UL Mark on the deflector, other differences are:
Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” and “UL” marked on the sides of the wrench flat, no date code; cULus in a circle marked on the side of the frame. “68C” and “SSP” on the deflector without TY number; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb no markings.
UL Certified Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” marked on one wrench flat, date code on the other wrench flat; cULus in a circle, “155°F/68°C”,”SP” and “ TY3251” marked on the deflector; Deflector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb – “G” between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
To see photographs visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinkler-release-no-14pn-18/.
Location: The sprinklers have been found in India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
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ISO Fire Hydrants in PPC up to 9 Million
Expanded Database Will Help Insurers Better Manage Risk and Rate Coverages
ISO, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, has enhanced its Public Protection Classification (PPC ® ) program with the inclusion of location data for an additional 700,000 U.S. fire hydrants, increasing the number of hydrants in the database to nine million. Hydrant data is part of the rapid growth of ISO’s PPC program, which many insurers use to analyze the quality of fire protection in communities around the nation.
ISO captures data related to individual fire hydrants and other static water supply sources across the United States, which can be more reliable than estimates based on municipal standards for the number of hydrants in a given community.
The hydrant database, which has grown from 8.3 million to more than nine million in the past 18 months, provides communities with critical information related to the location and adequacy of water supplies for firefighting.
“Access to water supply is a key component of ISO’s PPC rating and individual building sprinkler system evaluations throughout a community,” said Robert Andrews, vice president and chief field operations officer for ISO. “The rapid growth of our hydrant database is part of our commitment to help our customers more effectively and efficiently evaluate fire risk.”
The PPC program, which is used for property insurance rating, typically classifies communities by assigning a grade from 1 through 10, with 1 being the best. The grade measures major elements of a community’s fire prevention and suppression systems, including water pressure, consistency of water flow, and impact on hydrants during times of high water demand in other parts of the system.
For more information visit: www.isomitigation.com/ppc.
Landlords Face Tougher Fire-Safety
An article by Trisha Thadani posted July 17, 2018, on www.sfchronicle.com, San Francisco, California, said Amina Rubio lives in a wood-frame San Francisco building that she said “scares the bejesus” out of her and some fellow tenants. There’s faulty wiring, shaky piping, and an unreliable sprinkler and alarm system. Even after logging numerous complaints with her landlord and the city, she said, nothing has changed.
A new piece of legislation to be introduced by Supervisor Hillary Ronen could give extra power to the Building Inspection and Fire departments to help tenants like Rubio. Under the proposed ordinance, landlords of residential buildings that have received numerous fire safety violations would be forced to upgrade - or install - sprinkler and alarm systems.
Currently, only residential buildings constructed after 2008 are required to have sprinkler systems that meet NFPA standards. This leaves a large portion of the city’s housing stock - often rent-controlled, wood-frame buildings built more than 40 years ago - without such fire safety measures.
And under the existing law, Ronen said, the building and fire departments don’t have the authority to force owners to upgrade the system. Instead, inspectors can only refer the complaint to the city attorney’s office.
Ronen’s ordinance would give the Department of Building Inspection and Fire Department the authority to order a building owner that has received at least two fire safety violations to install or upgrade the sprinklers or an updated fire-alarm system. Owners would not be allowed to pass on the cost of compliance to their tenants.
Ronen said that damage from a major 2015 fire in the Mission District - which burned dozens of apartments, stores, and restaurants - could have been mitigated if it had basic safety measures, such as sprinklers or an updated fire-alarm system. Dozens of victims later sued the building’s owner, accusing the former landlord of poorly maintaining the century-old structure.
Helping Businesses Pay for Sprinklers
An article by Julia Rentsch posted July 12, 2018, on www.denverpost.com, Denver, Colorado, said due to many complaints from small business owners in the past year who say the cost of installing a code-mandated fire suppression system is just too high, the city of Loveland is examining programs to help with the costs.
Complainants have cited the cost of installing sprinklers in nearly century-old downtown buildings as prohibitive to opening a business in Loveland. Including labor costs, a system typically runs between $80,000 and $100,000, city staff said.
To make matters worse, a surprise visit from a city building official or fire department member to a private building, including stores, hotels, or apartment complexes, could lead the city to demand that the building owner install a system to comply with life safety provisions in the city code.
City Council informally approved the program to go forward, though some details such as the source of city funding and eligibility for participation might be changed before staff return to council to request funding. Staff said they wanted to first gauge council’s opinion on the program at large before fine-tuning.
The sprinkler program is a focal project, while smaller improvements such as more brochures, cross-training staff, and a survey have already begun.
Tenant Didn’t Allow Fire Sprinkler Leak to Be Fixed
An article by Donesha Aldridge posted July 17, 2018, on www.11alive.com, Norcross, Georgia, said Gwinnett County fire officials are responding to questions raised about the sprinkler system at an apartment complex in Norcross that caught fire.
Authorities said 32 residents were displaced after a fire at the KRC Hilltops Apartments. It appears that the sprinkler system was off when the fire happened. Now, documents allege a tenant was supposed to call back for repairs months ago and didn’t, saying she needed time to clear her closet.
Residents told 11Alive that the sprinkler system in building 3200 was turned off in March after a leak. Many wanted to know if the system was ever inspected or fixed.
Gwinnett Firefighter Captain Tommy Rutledge was able to provide more insight into the situation, answering several of the questions about the department’s protocol and inspections.
Rutledge said there were inspections done in December 2017. All-Star Fire, LLC conducted one on the 7th, but the building appeared to have no sprinkler deficiencies at that time. There was also one done by Gwinnett County fire officials that same month, including several inspections since then. Rutledge said the activity is mainly based on deficiencies that were found by the fire inspector and corrected by management for the complex.
Documents show the leak happened on March 26. A fire engine crew was called to respond. The incident report said the sprinkler system had been leaking for about eight hours. The person involved said she waved down maintenance to get the sprinkler shut off. The leak slowed down, but it didn’t stop. It continued for six more hours.
Fire crews examined the sprinkler system, shut it off, and drained the main valve. The incident report said crews told the person there was no fire suppression and the building needed to be on fire watch. The front office was also notified.
Rutledge said that in this type of circumstance, there is no requirement that the fire department go back to the complex. Apartment management gave the fire department documentation that there was an attempt to get the sprinkler system serviced.
Albany Homes to Have Sprinklers?
An article by Steve Maugeri posted July 13, 2018, on www.cbs6albany.com, Albany, New York, said an ad paid for by the New York State Association of Realtors has been making the rounds on television, including CBS 6. It pushes back against the “Local Law I,” which would require new homes in Albany County to include a fire sprinkler system.
“This should remain a consumer choice, not a mandate,” said Susan Summers, President of the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.
“If you amortize over a 30-year mortgage it becomes pretty insignificant,” says Albany County Legislator Paul Miller.
Gerald DeLuca is the executive director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. He says it would cost less to install sprinklers during construction instead of after.
Miller said that if this passes, Albany County would be the first county in New York to have this kind of legislation.
If passed, any contractor that does not install a sprinkler system into a new home faces a $250 fine each day.
Toronto Fire Inspection Paper Trail
An article by Christie Blatchford posted July 16, 2018, on www.nationalpost.com, Toronto, Canada, said the City of Toronto’s records in its Facilities Management division, where fake fire inspectors regularly won contracts to make sure municipal buildings were safe, are so bad that Toronto Police can’t even launch a fraud investigation.
The allegations included double-billing, overcharging for work not done, phony double-bidding for contracts, and a long history of poor performance and shoddy work.
On July 13, city auditor general Beverly Romeo-Beehler, who blew the whistle on potential wrongdoing by a vendor and gross mismanagement by the city, told the audit committee that there is “definitely high risk for fraud” but pointed out that without good records and witnesses, it would be difficult to prove.
The National Post confirmed that the documentation kept by Facilities Management is so poor police can’t even start a probe.
Standpipe Rack Hose Video
Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
“Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.
Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
For more information visit: www.nfpa.org
UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
For more information please see the following links:
Fire Sprinkler Calendar:
September 25-28, 2018
Security Essen 2018 Trade Fair
www.messe-essen.de or www.security-essen.de
September 28, 2018
4th Annual Golf Tournament
Benefits Phoenix Society
Putnam County G.C., Mahopac, NY
Gary Lederman, NFSA Empire Chapter
(914) 692-3640, email@example.com
September 30-October 3, 2018
AFSA Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition
Gaylord National, Washington, D.C.
October 1, 2018
22nd Annual NFSA Minnesota
Chapter Burnaid Golf Classic
Benefitting Burn Center
Dellwood Country Club, Dellwood, MN
NFSA Minnesota, (651) 452-8506
Peg Bohn, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 1, 2018
24th KFSCA Benefit Golf Outing
Benefitting Burn Unit and Others
University Club of Kentucky, Lexington
Angela Underwood, (502) 233-5322
October 7-13, 2018
Fire Prevention Week
Plan to promote fire sprinklers!
October 10, 2018
6th Annual AFSA NJ Chapter
Bob Young Benefit Golf Outing
Benefits Scholarship & Phoenix Society
Galloping Hills G. C., Kenilworth, NJ
Scott Nichols, (908) 272-0066
October 17, 2018
25th AFSA-Virginia Burn
Survivors Golf Tournament
Benefitting Central VA Burn Camp & Old Dominion Firefighters Burn Foundation
Nat’l G.C., Williamsburg, VA
George Wagner, (804) 514-3154
October 18, 2018
24th Ken Houston Memorial
Benefitting Wake Forest
Baptist Health’s Burn Center
Colonial C.C., Thomasville, NC
AFSA Carolinas Chapter
John Turnage, (919) 624-3456
October 18, 2018
Fire Sprinkler Contractors
Association Charity Golf
Benefits Burn Centers
Los Serranos G.C., Chino Hills, CA
Larry Seligman, (626) 673-5345
October 22, 2018
29th FSCATX Charity Golf Classic
Benefitting Scottish Rite
Hospital for Children
Bear Creek Golf Club, Dallas, TX
October 26, 2018
Mid Atlantic AFSA Casino Night
Benefitting Burn Foundation
Sheraton Valley Forge
King of Prussia, PA
October 27-31, 2018
SFPE North America
Conference & Expo
November 5, 2018
18th Bob McCullough
Benefitting Fire Safety
Hamilton Mill, GA
November 5-16, 2018
Beginning FS System Plan. School
Dallas, TX, www.firesprinkler.org
December 11, 2018
GFSA Christmas Gathering
Benefitting Toys for Tots
Hamilton Mill, GA
December TBD, 2018
Greater Bay Area AFSA 16th Gala
Poppy Ridge Golf Course
AFSA Greater Bay Area Chapter
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (925) 954-5031
Other Dates by Organization
Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology
American Subcontractors Association:
Oct. 9: Group Captive Insurance for Construction Companies
Nov. 13: The Soft Side of Scheduling: Improving Communications Between GCs and Subcontractors
Dec. 11: Improving the Change Order Process
Jan. 8, 2019: Work-In-Progress Reporting
Feb. 12: The Best — and Worst — Construction Legal Decisions of 2018
Mar. 19: Lean Construction — What Subcontractors Need to Know
Apr. 9: Avoiding Predatory OCIPs, CCIPs and Builders Risk Insurance Flow-Downs
May 14: Corporate and Individual Tax Planning Under the New Tax Law
June 11: HR Basics for Small Businesses
July 9: Emerging Technologies — Smart Tools, UAVs and Others — and How They Relate to the Internet of Things
Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com
Sep. 24-27: Fire Sprinkler Installation Hands-On Workshop, Dayton
Sep. 25: Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems, Level II Webinar, Session 2 of 2
Oct. 8-10: Fire Pumps Workshop, Atlanta
Oct. 11-12: IT Sprinkler Systems Workshop
Oct. 16: Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems, Level I Webinar, Session 1 of 2
Oct. 16-19: Sprinkler Systems Service Workshop
Oct. 19: Success with NICET Webinar, FREE
Oct. 30-Nov.2: Fire Pump/Inspection & Testing Training Hands-On Workshop, Atlanta
National Fire Protection Assoc., www.nfpa.org
Oct. 4: ITM, Denver, CO
Oct. 4-5: Plan Review, Denver, CO
Nov. 5-7: NFPA 13, Hastings, MI
Dec. 20: ITM, Orlando, FL
National Fire Sprinkler Assoc., www.nfsa.org
Oct. 15: 2-Week Layout Tech. Train., Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 15: 2-Week Layout Tech. Train., Seattle, WA
Oct. 22: Layout Tech. Training, Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 22: Layout Tech. - Blended Learning In-Class Practicum, Seattle, WA
Dec. 4: Rough and Final Inspections, Millburn, NJ
Other Future Meeting Dates:
Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2018, Gaylord National, Washington, DC
Oct. 1-4, 2019, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
Sep. 13-16, 2020, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
Jun. 17-20, 2019, San Antonio, TX
Jun. 14-17, 2020, Orlando, FL
May 15-18, 2019, Omni Downtown, Nashville, TN
May 15-18, 2020, Marriott Desert Ridge,
May 12-15, 2021, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
American Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Sprinkler Association
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Tech Productions
Oklahoma State University
Seneca College, School of Fire Protection