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By - Richard Meier

Dangerous Effects of Water on Appliances and Electronics

[updated 10/22/2018] A year later and this information is still relevant. Our home state of Florida is just beginning the long recovery process from the deadly impact of Hurricane Michael and it appears that with a warming climate, water related weather events are becoming more frequent and more powerful. As we speak, the Texas hill country is bracing for yet

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Richard Meier joins NFPA 901 Committee.

New NFPA Committee Appointment: We’re proud to announce that Richard Meier has been appointed as a Principal Member (Special Expert) of the NFPA Technical Committee for NFPA 901 – Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data Scope. What does NFPA 901 do?  

By - Richard Meier

Is St. Petersburg Going Solar?

According to an article today in the Tampa Bay Times, there is currently a proposal in the St. Pete city council to make solar power mandatory on new home construction and major renovations.  If passed, it would make St. Pete the second city in Florida to require solar power, after South Miami. As with the introduction of any new

By - Richard Meier

Latest Fire Related Consumer Product Recalls

The following products have been recalled by their manufacturers/retailers… Fred’s Recalls Charcoal Grills Due to Fire Hazard 212        Living Traditions Mini Barrel Charcoal Grill Name of product:  Mini barrel charcoal grills Hazard:  The exterior paint on the grill can ignite, posing a fire hazard. Sweet Bamboo Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard 409     

By - Richard Meier

Latest Vehicle Fire Related Recalls

(RJ Meier photo) Transportation Collaborative, Inc. has recalled an unspecified number of 2012-2017 Transtech Buses. Certain vehicles equipped air conditioning utilize a 30AMP in-line fuse holder, the fuse holder may overheat and cause a fire. Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling (193) 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles have an engine fuel feed hose and

By - Richard Meier

A Tale of Two States, and Fire Sprinklers

In Alabama, a new law allows plumbers to install fire sprinklers after a 32 hour training course. Source: Twitter In Hawaii, developers succeeded in extending a state law that thwarts local authorities from adopting their own fire sprinkler requirements.  Their celebration party was cancelled after a fatal fire in a Honolulu hi-rise building with no sprinklers made the national

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Fire Expert, Richard Meier on HLN

Richard Meier’s latest appearance on HLN. Sad case.  So tragic. Thank you to HLN and Primetime Justice With Ashleigh Banfield for having our own Richard Meier on as a guest last night.  We love being able to share accurate Fire Investigation Science with the public.  Rich talked about the science and procedures involved in a origin and cause investigation.  No

By - Richard Meier

South Miami to Require Solar Power in New Homes

A new ordinance passed in South Miami on July 17, 2017 will require new homes, and homes undergoing major expansion, to be equipped with solar electric panels beginning on Sept. 18, 2017.   A Florida first: South Miami to require solar on new homes What does that mean for the fire investigator?  Another level of technology and complexity that they

By - Richard Meier

Latest Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

KTM North America, Inc. is recalling an unspecified number of 690 Duke model motorcycles. On affected motorcycles, fuel can leak from the filler cap. Note: While not specifically mentioned in the recall, a fuel leak generally presents a fire hazard. Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling an unspecified number of 2014-2015 Coachmen RV, Cross Country and Encounter, and