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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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Dry Pipe Nitrogen Patent Upheld
International IP law firm Harness Dickey announced that a team of attorneys in its Metro St. Louis office has successfully defended all claims of a client’s patent in an Inter Partes Review proceeding held within the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The client, St. Louis-based Engineered Corrosion Solutions, LLC, owns U.S. Patent 9,144,700, which is directed to a dry pipe fire sprinkler system having a nitrogen generator for supplying pressure maintenance gas and a vent to eliminate oxygen to reduce corrosion. This innovative technology was challenged on the grounds of obviousness by two competitors, South-Tek Systems, LLC and Potter Electric Signal Co., LLC.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the IPR review,” said Jeff Kochelek, CEO of Engineered Corrosion Solutions. “In finding that Petitioners failed to establish any claims of the patent are unpatentable for obviousness, the USPTO’s decision confirms the strength and significant value of ECS’s patent.”
2018 Budget: An Important First Step
Construction Official Urges Members of Congress and the Administration to Work Together to Adopt Right Mix of Public & Private Investments in Infrastructure
The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in reaction to the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget released today by the Trump administration: “While it is tempting to identify specific elements of the President’s proposed budget that we like and other elements that cause us concern, the fact is members of Congress will likely continue to exercise their Constitutional responsibility to set the federal budget. Therefore it is better to see this document for what it is, a policy statement designed to provoke significant and productive debate about the best way to address the nation’s aging infrastructure while simultaneously suggesting appropriate spending priorities.
“As a policy document, this budget provides an important, and much-needed, first step in identifying the best ways to pay for needed improvements, and expansions, to our aging infrastructure. The President rightly appreciates the need to increase investment levels significantly above current amounts. Moving forward, we plan to work with Congress and the administration to identify the right balance of private and public funds and establish long-term, sustainable funding sources that will allow us to repair and improve infrastructure for decades to come.
“We also look forward to working with Congress and the administration to identify the best way to set broader federal spending priorities. We need to make sure federal officials prioritize spending in a way that continues to promote robust economic growth and begins to produce well-educated, well-trained workers for every sector of our economy.
“While it is easy to criticize specific elements of this or any other proposed budget, the President should be commended for doing what too few other politicians have been willing to do: make it clear that we need to make tough choices about future spending priorities, be willing to rethink long-held programmatic assumptions, significantly increase funding for America’s infrastructure, and find new ways to leverage private-sector resources to supplement federal investments.”
For more information contact: AGC of America, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 548-3118, www.agc.org.
“Ghost Ship” Fire Lawsuit
New allegations are being added to the “Ghost Ship” Oakland fire cases, says Mary Alexander, San Francisco attorney, former National President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now called the Association for American Justice. Mary Alexander has been appointed the Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel by the court for all the Ghost Ship cases. Alexander represents the families of 10 victims who died due to the fire. Thirty-six died in the blaze, the deadliest fire in California since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Alexander said that in the Ghost Ship Fire, which occurred December 2, 2016, 36 perished and another was seriously injured. The Ghost Ship had been turned into a living complex, and a music event was underway when the fire occurred after 11p.m. Residential and entertainment uses were not allowed under the building’s zoning. Numerous complaints had been made concerning the building and prior events. “The building didn’t meet fire and life safety standards,” said Alexander.
The Master Complaint, being filed by Alexander as Liaison Counsel for the victims, includes among other factors: New allegations; The Ghost Ship “lacked adequate and sufficient safety measures” and was “not up to fire protection and safety codes;” There was a “willful and conscious disregard for safety;” “The premises were in a dangerous and unsafe condition.”
Apartment Fire Sprinklers Leak
A May 23, 2017, article by Chris Cioffi, on www.newsobserver.com, Raleigh, North Carolina, said, tenants of the newly completed 616 at the Village apartments will be shuffled between the building’s five floors as crews replace a leaky fire sprinkler system.
The structure’s fire-suppression system passed a March inspection from City of Raleigh fire marshals, but sometime later tiny leaks began developing in the joint fittings, city spokesman John Boyette said. The general contractor then reported the problem, applied for a permit, and submitted plans to replace the fire sprinkler system.
The existing system will stay in place while crews begin installing a new system on the top three floors, Boyette said. Residents will be relocated to the first and second floors, said 616 spokeswoman Marissa Currie. The building, at 616 Oberlin Road, is managed by Wood Partners, which has corporate offices in Atlanta.
After the system is replaced on the upper floors, relocated residents will return to their units.
The company has already notified the 17 affected residents. About 40 of the building’s roughly 200 units are currently occupied, Currie said.
The fire sprinkler system is made of CPVC piping, which is significantly more flexible and can withstand higher temperatures than standard PVC piping. When the system was inspected, it was pressurized with water and still has water in the pipes now, Boyette said.
The fire marshals gave final authorization to allow the building to be occupied in March, and leaks sprung up sometime after that, he said. A cause for the leaks has not been determined.
The company will replace the existing system by putting in an identical new system. The existing system, which meets fire codes, will remain in place until the new system has been inspected and approved, Boyette said.
“Once all approvals are met, we anticipate the initial floor will take approximately three months, with subsequent floors being faster,” Currie said.
Fatal Fire Shows Need for High-Risk Building List
An editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 16, 2017, said, early on May 15, a seven-alarm Downtown blaze in an 18-story high-rise killed a 75-year-old resident and wounded three firefighters. Fire Chief Darryl E. Jones said the fire was particularly difficult to fight, in part because the building did not have a sprinkler system installed on every floor.
Built in 1907, the high-rise is exempt from installing a sprinkler system. In Pittsburgh, only buildings built after 1981 are required to have a sprinkler system. Older buildings such as this one often have no sprinkler system, or install sprinklers only when renovating the lower floors.
The fire safety community and landlords have debated this exemption for almost three decades. Firefighters often advocate for sprinklers, which limit material damage to a structure, use less water to quell a fire, and — most important — save the lives of residents and responders alike. Landlord and business interest groups point to the high cost of retroactively adding a sprinkler system to the upper floors of an older building.
This tragedy should be seen as an opportunity to reopen this conversation about sprinkler system requirements in older high-rise buildings. To have a productive dialogue, city officials need information about the actual threat that these sprinkler-deficient older buildings pose to the city. Alarmingly, no one knows exactly the location or even the number of these high-risk older buildings. This information could be essential to public safety.
Jim Kress, business manager with Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 542 in Millvale, told the Post-Gazette he did not know how many older Pittsburgh high-rise buildings do not have sprinkler coverage. “Boy, that’s a great question. I wish I could tell you,” he said. “I’d be guessing. Not enough, obviously. One is too many.”
Maura Kennedy, director of the city Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections, also does not have this information readily on file. She said the city didn’t have a complete list of all buildings without sprinkler systems, but is doing “pro-active inspections” of buildings that would, among other information, record the status of sprinklers in the building.
Being without up-to-date information about potentially dangerous buildings is a hazard itself. As a result of this fire, the city should make a publicly available inventory and map of all buildings without full sprinkler coverage. Firefighters need this information as they prepare to quash a blaze, as buildings without sprinklers pose unique challenges. Although residents usually know whether their building has sprinklers, what about adjacent properties?
As Ms. Kennedy noted, the city already has a website documenting all structures that violate city fire code: www.pittsburghpa.gov/pli/buildingeye. Updating this website to include a citywide inventory on sprinkler coverage must be a priority to improve fire safety in Pittsburgh. Next time smoke curls over Downtown, the city should be ready.
Aging Population Fire Protection Challenge
In a June 1, 2017, article on www.sourceable.net, Scott Williams, Chief Executive Officer of FPA Australia, wrote: The recent Fire Australia Conference, the Australian fire protection industry’s annual gathering, brought together national and global leader to discuss the important issues of the day.
Perhaps the most influential among them was keynote speaker Jim Pauley, president and CEO of the US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That organization is known internationally for its long history of research-based innovation, code development and forward thinking.
According to Pauley, the future will be about managing an ageing population.
It’s an established fact that modern medicine is keeping us alive longer and we are living more independently. People prefer to stay in their own homes, but as they age, their ability to self-evacuate or manage their own fire risk will decrease.
Pauley says 25% of the Australian population will be over 65 years of age by 2040. The fire protection industry will need to have more answers in this area. Smoke alarms may still alert older Australians to a fire, but that won’t manage the fire’s spread or help residents with mobility issues if they need to move quickly out of a burning building.
The potential abounds for affordable sprinkler systems, which will significantly increase survivability rates. At the conference, Graeme Leonard of Reliable Automatic Sprinklers in the UK spoke of some of the latest innovations.
Reliable has completed a project looking into retrofitting sprinklers to existing high rise apartments and they have had considerable success. In fact, one elderly person’s life has already been saved from a fire when one of the systems was triggered following an electrical fire in a mobility scooter parked just outside the person’s home. The sprinklers stopped the fire spreading past the front door, almost certainly averting a tragedy.
It should also be noted that it’s not just our aging population that are at risk. More people with disabilities are able to move to independent living thanks to support through initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme. As with older people, the ability to quickly vacate a house if a fire occurs may be compromised and we must protect our most vulnerable using modern technology such as smoke alarms for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Again, the potential for sprinklers is easy to see.
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:
October 20, 2017
Mid Atlantic AFSA Casino Night
Benefitting Burn Foundation
Westover Country Club
Heather Field, Executive Director
October 25-26, 2017
17th Int’l Water Mist Conference
Bettina McDowell, M.A.
International Water Mist Association
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 35085-215
Fax + 49 (0) 40 35085-80
October 26, 2017
2017 FSCA Charity
Coyote Hills Golf Course
Larry Seligman (626)673-5345
November 6, 2017
18th Bob McCullough
November 6-16, 2017
ITM Live Training
November 6-17, 2017
Beginning Fire Sprinkler
System Planning School
November 9, 2017
and Enforcing NFPA 25
November 15-17, 2017
Fire Safety Asia Conference 2017
December TBD, 2017
Greater Bay Area AFSA 15th Gala
Poppy Ridge Golf Course
AFSA Greater Bay Area Chapter
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (925) 954-5031
December 4-6, 2017
Fire Sprinkler Inspection Training and Certificate Program
Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK
December 12, 2017
GFSA Christmas Gathering
January 21-23, 2018
Dubai International Convention
and Exhibition Centre
February 5-6, 2018
SFPE Europe Conference
Kendall Talbert, SFPE
(301) 718-2910, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 8-9, 2018
NAFED 2018 Conferences
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV 89109
March 14-16, 2018
2018 NEAFPSD Fire
April 12-13, 2018
NAFED 2018 Conferences
Caesars Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
April 23-27, 2018
Fire Engineering Solutions
for the Built Environment
12th Int’l Conf. on Performance- Based Codes & Fire Safety
April 24-26, 2018
14th NFPA Mexico Fire Expo
Expo Seguridad Mexico
May 2-5, 2018
NFSA Annual Meeting
Business & Leadership Conference
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 10-11, 2018
NAFED 2018 Conferences
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
St. Louis, MO
June 11-14, 2018
NFPA Conference & Expo
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
September 30-October 3, 2018
AFSA Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition
Gaylord National, Washington, D.C.
Other Dates by Organization
Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology
Nov. 10: Academy Exams Certification Tests –Miami, FL
American Subcontractors Association:
Fire Tech Productions, www.firetech.com
Oct. 24-27: Spk. Install., Workshop
Oct. 31: Fire Pumps, Workshop
Nov. 1-3: Fire Pumps, Workshop
Nov. 7:Water-Based Level 1, Webinar
Nov. 14:Water-Based Level 1, Webinar
Nov. 16: Success with NICET
National Fire Protection Assoc., www.nfpa.org
Oct. 23-27: NFPA 13, Dallas, TX
Nov. 6-10: NFPA 13 & NFPA 25, Seattle, WA
Dec. 4-8: NFPA 13, Orlando, FL
Dec. 11-15: NFPA 13, Anaheim, CA
National Fire Sprinkler Assoc., www.nfsa.org
Oct. 24: Plan Review, Brighton, MI
Oct. 25: Sprinkler System Installation Requirements, Modesto, CA
Oct. 26: Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing NFPA 13, Brighton, MI
Oct. 26: Rough & Final Inspections, Modesto, CA
Oct. 27: Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing NFPA 13, Brighton, MI
Oct. 30: Layout and Design In Class Practicum, Chicago, IL
Nov. 9: Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25, Maumee, OH
Jan. 9: Rough and Final Inspections, Albany, NY
Jan. 10: Standpipes Systems, Albany, NY
Jan. 11: Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25, Albany, NY
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. 11-14, 2018, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 17-20, 2019, San Antonio, TX
Jun. 14-17, 2020, Orlando, FL
May 2-6, 2018, Marriott Harbor, Ft. Lauderdale, 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