March 20, 2006
Fire Extinguisher Safety Concerns
(Larkspur, CA) - According to the National Fire Protection Association, [NFPA], 800 vehicle fires occur every day, and few consumers carry an extinguisher to help put out blazes that routinely begin in the engine compartment. Fire extinguisher offer added insurance for drivers on public roads and at racetracks.
Many extinguishers carry the label of Underwriters' Laboratories [UL] or other approved testing laboratories, certifying that samples of a manufacturer's product have been tested by UL or a similar organization to nationally recognized safety standards.
While it is currently illegal in many states to sell a portable fire extinguisher unless it has been tested, there are products on the market that have not been tested.
The California Fire Marshal issued cease and desist letters in early 2006 to a number of suppliers of non-approved extinguishers and required them to recall products sold in the State of California. For more information o the Fire Marshal's action, visit http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/informationbulletin/
According to James Parsegian, Deputy State Fire Marshal III, Office of the State Marshal, "Some fire extinguishers being marketed and sold do not meet basic safety standards that the state of California has established. We advise consumers to carefully check the label before purchasing any fire extinguisher to make sure it carries a valid testing laboratory label such as UL. Otherwise you could be carrying a product that gives you a false sense of security should a fire break out."
For more information on the Fire Marshal's action, visit http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/informationbulletin/
For more information on H3R Performance's line of premium UL Listed fire extinguishers, phone 800-249-4289, or visit www.h3rperformance.com.
For Further Information on California State Fire Extinguisher Regulations, Contact:
James ParsegianOffice of the State Fire Marshal
Deputy State Fire Marshal III (Supervisor)