NEWS

26/03/2019

Singapore personal mobility devices (PMDs) standard

Registration of personal mobility devices (PMDs), which have an electric motor and a handlebar (e.g. electric scooters) has been made obligatory in Singapore from 2nd January 2019. Only UL 2272 Certified models will be authorised for use in public places after December 2020, with the objective of reducing risks from fire. There were some 40 fires involving PMDs in Singapore in 2017.

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26/03/2019

Massachusetts flame retardant bill blocked

A bill (H.5024) proposing to ban ten halogenated flame retardants and antimony trioxide in a wide range of products in Massachusetts has been rejected by the State Governor for reasons of timing and wording, but with his support to move forward such a bill in the future.

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26/03/2019

Environmental standard references GreenScreen

The US standards health and safety organisation NSF International has updated its standard NSF/ANSI 426 – 2018 “Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers”. The criteria include as obligatory “reduced” levels of bromine and chlorine in plastic parts > 25g (<1000 ppm chlorine or bromine, <5000 ppm in post-consumer recycled plastics), but printed circuit boards, cables, fans and electronic components are exempted.

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26/03/2019

California repeals standards for public furniture

The State of California has repealed requirements for flammability resistance (TB133 open flame test) for furniture in public buildings (public spaces in hotels, prisons, hospitals, schools, auditoriums and stadiums …).

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26/03/2019

24 000 home electrical fires in the USA

Some 24 000 electrical fires per year occur in US homes (2014-2016), causing 310 deaths, 850 injuries and nearly 900 million US$ property loss. Electrical fires result in property value losses double those of other fires on average, and remain limited to the object in which the fire starts in less than one fifth of cases.

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26/03/2019

Over 3 500 fire deaths in the USA

The US fire administration report on fire risk (2016) indicates that 3 515 people died in fires in 2016 and 14 650 people were injured. The risk of fire death was higher for adults over 50, and highest over 85, but also important for young children (up to 4).

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26/03/2019

Ten dead in Paris apartments fire

10 people died and 96 were injured in a fire in an apartment building, rue Erlanger, Paris, in the night of 4-5 February. The fire is thought to have been deliberately started by a 40-year old woman who had just been released from psychiatric hospital with medical clearance (her thirteenth stay in psychiatric hospital).

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26/03/2019

No injuries in German high-speed train fire

510 passengers were evacuated safely after fire broke out in an ICE high-speed train from Cologne to Munich on 12th October 2018. A policeman in the train smelled smoke and pulled the emergency break alarm.

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26/03/2019

Bangladesh slum fire kills nine, hundreds homeless

A fire in a shanty town in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, on 17th February, killed nine people and destroyed around five hundred slum homes of bamboo, tin and tarpaulin. Slum areas in developing countries are at high risk of fire, because of flammable materials, open cooking, absence of fire gaps and difficult access for fire services.

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