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By - Richard Meier

TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke Fireworks Recalled.

American Promotional Events is recalling approximately (36,100) units of their TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks product. The fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing burn and injury hazards to consumers. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Fireworks-Recalled-By-American-Promotional-Events

By - Richard Meier

This Week’s Vehicle Fire Related Recalls

Newmar Corporation has recalled (210) 2012-2015 King Aire and Essex Motorhomes. On certain motorhomes, the retaining ring on the starter shaft may break, causing overheating of the starter and the risk of a fire. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V378-5923.PDF

By - Richard Meier

Grenfell Tower Update

The following are some articles related to the Grenfell Tower fire in London… London fire: A visual guide to what happened at Grenfell Tower http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40301289 ‘Grenfell changes everything’: Shadow of high-rise fire looms across UK http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/24/europe/london-fire-grenfell-tower/index.html Grenfell Tower fire: Police considering manslaughter charges http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/europe/london-grenfell-tower-fire/index.html Hotpoint fridge freezer sparked Grenfell Tower fire http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/hotpoint-fridge-freezer-sparked-grenfell-tower-fire/ Hundreds evacuated from London towers as fire safety

By - Richard Meier

Changes Coming for Florida’s Building Code?

There’s a bill currently sitting on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk (HB 1021) that, if signed, will affect the how building codes are adopted.  It’s not clear at this point how fire safety will be affected in the future.  We will, however, keep an eye on the codes as they are updated. http://www.news4jax.com/news/legislation-would-make-major-changes-to-floridas-building-code Florida has currently adopted the International Code Council’s

By - Richard Meier

Fire Related Vehicle Recalls

The following manufacturers have recalled vehicles for fire related problems. Columbia Northwest, Inc. has recalled (40) 2017 and 2018 Aliner Ascape trailers.  The LP gas bottle trays may be attached to the frames with the wrong fasteners, which could become loose from the trailer during travel.  This could lead to loose connections and a fire or explosion. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCLRPT-17V330-2955.PDF

By - cmeier@meierfire.com

London Grenfell Towerblock Fire -is lawmaker failure to blame?

What happens when lawmakers ignore the work of fire investigators? Could this incredible tragedy be avoided? Here’s what we know now (11am EST): At just before 1am (London Time) this morning, a fire broke out on the 4th floor of a public housing tower in North Kensington, London, England.  The 24 -story Grenfell Tower, originally built in 1974, has approximately 120

By - cmeier@meierfire.com

Was it really Arson? 4 warning signs the investigator got it wrong.

So, you’ve got this case on your desk. The investigator is telling you it’s arson. Whether you’re a prosecutor or defense lawyer in a criminal matter or the attorney for the insurance company or homeowner in a civil arson case, you have a decision to make. Move forward, accept the case or reject it and use your valuable time and

By - cmeier@meierfire.com

Summer BBQ Safety Tips

Summer is here.  It’s time for family, friends, fun and grilling out.  It’s also the time when injuries related to grilling spike. We’ve compiled some simple ways for you to stay safe this summer.

By - cmeier@meierfire.com

Pipeline Explosions are far from rare.

On February 15, 2017 natural gas leaking from a pipeline exploded in Refugio, Texas – southwest of Houston. It was the second such incident in as many weeks. The previous incident occurred in Paridas, Louisiana – west of New Orleans – Friday February 10. No one was injured in the Texas event. Two workers were reported injured and one missing and presumed dead in

By - cmeier@meierfire.com

Science + Fire +Food +Beer/Coffee = FUN!

Have you heard of “Taste of Science”? It’s a great festival happening across the US this week where scientists, from all kinds of disciplines, bring talks about their work to the general public in restaurants and pubs. This year, tonight in fact, Rich Meier will be talking about the science of Fire Investigation in St. Petersburg, Florida. 2017 is the