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October 14, 2007

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    NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TEAM      
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Issue No. 310    ISSN 1554-074X     http://www.etnews.org   10-14-2007 
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- News 
- ET News Journal 
- Job Opportunities 
- Seminar Schedule 
- Comments & Acknowledgements 
 
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NEWS
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Be A Home Escape Planning Star! 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEds9FSepVI 
 
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High Rate of Failure with Smoke Detectors Older Than 10 Years
KNDO/KNDU - Yakima,WA,USA
How old is your smoke detector? If you got it over 10 years ago it is 
time for a new one, that is according to the National Fire Protection 
Association. ... 
http://www.kndo.com/Global/story.asp?S=7192161&nav=menu484_2_8 
 
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Cleanroom Fire Prevention
Controlled Environments Magazine - Amherst,NH,USA
By the time a cleanroom fire propagated and triggered a sprinkler or 
special fire protection system, millions of dollars in property damage 
could already ... 
http://www.cemag.us/articles.asp?pid=517 
 
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Indiana's new smoke alarm policy affects millions of Hoosiers
WTHR - Indianapolis,IN,USA
Following WTHR's "Deadly Delay" investigation, the fire marshal 
created a smoke detector task force consisting of dozens of fire 
officials from around the ... 
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=7168767&nav=1VGl 
 
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This week I'll see you in Anchorage. 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_Anchorage_Oct2007.pdf 
 
Visit the new ET News blog - http://etnews.blogspot.com/ 
 
Have fun! 
 
Mike 
mailto:mike@etnews.org 
 
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16,168 AS 
 
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What were the results of UL's Smoke Characterization Study? 
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Underwriters Laboratories' Smoke Characterization Project results were 
released, in partnership with and published by the Fire Protection 
Research Foundation, in a 2007 report.

The Project's findings complemented the results of a 2004 study by the 
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). Both studies 
indicate that, though the smoke alarms evaluated to the requirements 
in UL Standard 217 work, the burning characteristics of modern 
synthetic materials may cause a substantial reduction in the time 
available for safe egress.

The research study highlights the ways in which the two technologies 
used in modern smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization, react 
differently to flaming and non-flaming (smoldering) fires of materials 
such as polyurethane foams used in upholstered furniture and 
mattresses.

Due to the different resulting smoke particle sizes, along with other 
factors, the ionization detection shows a more rapid reaction to 
flaming fire scenarios, while photoelectric detection shows a faster 
reaction to non-flaming fires.

As a result of these and other findings, it is UL's opinion that 
providing both types of smoke detection technologies in a dwelling 
unit will maximize responsiveness to a broad range of likely fire 
types. This can be done with multiple single-technology smoke alarms 
or with dual-technology units, which are currently listed to UL 217 
requirements.

Based on the results of the Smoke Characterization Project, the 
following items have been identified for further consideration:

1. The addition of other test materials such as polyurethane foam in 
the flaming and non-flaming combustion modes to UL 217.
2. Whether a smoke alarm, once triggered, should remain activated 
until manually deactivated.
3. Requiring the use of combination ionization and photoelectric 
alarms for residential use in order to maximize responsiveness to a 
broad range of fire types.
4. The characterization of materials described in UL 217 using cone 
calorimeter, smoke particle spectrometer and analytical testing.

A copy of the entire Smoke Characterization Project Technical Report 
is available for download from the Foundation's website www.nfpa.org, 
in the Research & Reports section.
 
Source: http://www.ul.com/fsa/issues/FSA_07_Issue3.pdf 
 
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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JOB OPPORTUNITY and SEEKING EMPLOYMENT announcements are provided as a
service.  ET News provides a venue for direct contact between job 
seekers and employers.  ET News is not a placement agency and does not
endorse either job seekers or employers.

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Post your announcement at http://www.etnews.org/index.php?s=257 

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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Contact me to find out how your group can sponsor a seminar. 
mailto:mikebaker@afaa.org 
 
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October 16-18, 2007 Anchorage, AK 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_AdvFA_Anchorage_Oct2007.pdf 
 
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October 23-26, 2007 Laurel, MD
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET I & II)
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_PR_IntFA_Maryland_Oct2007.pdf 
 
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October 30-31 & November 1-2, 2007 Rolling Meadows, IL
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/TI_IBC_AdvFA_RollingMeadows_Oct2007.pdf 
 
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November 6-8, 2007 Los Angeles, CA 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar (NICET III & IV) 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_AdvFA_LosAngeles_Nov2007.pdf 
 
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November 13-14, 2007 Asheville, NC 
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Basic Fire Alarm Seminar 
Sponsored seminar (closed)  
 
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November 27-29, 2007 Kent, WA
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_PR_IBC_Seattle_Nov2007.pdf 
 
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December 4-6, 2007 Los Angeles, CA 
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Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
Understanding NFPA 101 Fire Alarm Requirements
http://www.afaa.org/pdf/PR_IBC_101_LosAngeles_Dec2007.pdf 
 
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December 11-13, 2007 Las Vegas, NV
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Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems 
Fire Alarm Plan Review Seminar 
Understanding IBC Fire Alarm Requirements 
http://www.afaa.org/PDF/TI_IntFA_LasVegas_Dec2007.pdf 
 
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