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This brochure is meant to be of assistance to consumers when they
attempt to make informed decisions about fire safe choices as they build
or renovate their home. However, although this brochure is meant to be a
reference for consumers, neither the National Consumers League nor any
of the other groups who participated in writing it accept responsibility
for a consumer's choice of one product or fire safety system versus
another. Neither NCL, nor any other coalition participant, intends for
this brochure to serve as a complete guide to building or renovating a
home. NCL and the other participants also do not mean to recommend one
product or system listed here more than any other, but simply to list
the benefits and disadvantages of some. In addition, although the
organizations listed throughout this brochure have contributed
information to sections of it, the views expressed in it are NOT
necessarily endorsed by all of them.
 
CONSUMER GUIDE TO HOME FIRE SAFETY
 
Most Americans treasure their homes.
 
Their homes remain a permanent part of their lives for years. And when
you build or buy a new home or renovate an existing one, it is important
to consider the fire safety of the equipment, materials and furnishings
that are used in construction, renovation and remodeling.
 
But many often neglect or forget to give serious thought to fire safety.
 
Each year about a half million residential fires are reported
responsible for 3,000 to 4,000 deaths, about 20,000 injuries, and more
than $4 billion in property loss. In fact, the United States has one of
the highest fire-death rates per capita in the industrialized world,
about twice the average rate for other nations.
 
The bottom line is that, according to fire experts, eight of every 10
fires are preventable. It is important to be aware of the many fire
safe choices available for homes, from the structural elements to its
furnishings. Why? Because a fire safe home can more than double the
chances that your family will escape unharmed.
 
With this in mind, the National Consumers League organized the Fire Safe
Home project to develop the first nationally comprehensive guide on fire
safe building products, renovating supplies, and furnishings. The
League worked with more than 25 dedicated organizations, including
representatives from the fire services, government, industry, labor and
nonprofit groups. See the Available Resource Materials section at the
back of this guide for a participant listing.
 
The guide identifies areas of fire safety concern and provides a summary
of fire safe options available when building, renovating or adding onto
a new home. Because it would be impossible to delve into great detail,
the final section of this guide lists resources for consumers for more
information.
 
PERMITS AND CODES
 
Building code enforcement departments are available in many areas across
the United States. Many states have statewide building codes and
inspectors available for all construction. Other states have code
enforcement departments established by city or town governments. In
these cases, inspection may not be available or required by law for
buildings, particularly in unincorporated and rural areas.
 
Where code inspections are required, you must obtain a permit before you
begin construction on a new home or an existing one. Make sure that
you, your builder or your contractor apply for the appropriate permits
from your local building department.
 
A building permit is a license that grants legal permission to build or
renovate a building and must be obtained before construction starts.
With regularly scheduled inspections, permits allow the enforcement of
safety, health, and structural codes which have been adopted by a state,
county, township or city to protect an individual family and the general
public. Building and electrical codes ensure the well-being of families
and communities by reducing potential spread of fires because of unsafe
construction.
 
To ensure electrical safety in your home, you should comply with the
most recent National Electrical Code (NECr). Almost every locale within
the United States with a code enforcement department builds, renovates,
and makes inspections using the requirements of the NECr.
 
As an example, older homes may have been constructed with very few
electrical outlets, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Today,
requirements for modern kitchens include higher current wiring and
outlets for many appliances. Outlets must be protected by ground-fault
circuit-interrupters to reduce the possible electric shock hazard within
the kitchen.
 
For more information, please see the Available Resource Materials
section at the back of this guide.
 
 
BUILDING MATERIALS
 
Roofing
 
When you look at the types of roofing available on the market today, it
is important to note how fire retardant the materials are. For example,
slate and tile roofs or other noncombustible surfaces will not ignite
with sparks from chimneys or other sources. Glass fiber-based roof
shingles are more fire resistant than composition types, but may not
last as long or weather as well.
 
You must be careful when selecting the type of roofing. The fire
retardancy of roofing materials is indicated by class. Class A rating,
for example, is the highest and most fire resistant material that can be
purchased. The fire resistant class rating applies to the roof
sheathing or underlayment material as well as the roofing material
itself.
 
ELECTRICAL
 
Electrical Work
 
In a typical year, electrical fires account for more than 155,000
residential fires in the United States, kill about 750 people and cause
more than $1.3 billion in property damage. You should hire only
qualified, licensed electricians that follow the latest National
Electrical Code (NECr) to implement the following important safety
rules.
 
Fortunately, many electrical fires can be prevented if the wiring and
outlets in your home are installed correctly, function properly, and are
well maintained. Your appliances and equipment should also be of good
quality, well maintained and used properly.
 
The installation of electrical circuits and devices often appears to be
fairly easy, and many consumers believe that they can do it without
problems. However, there are various rules and installation procedures
about which a homeowner does not know. When electrical installation is
not done correctly, there is a good chance that damage can be done to
electrical appliances and equipment such as refrigerators, well pumps,
air conditioners, televisions, video cassette recorders and computers.
Faulty wiring also increases the chance that someone will receive an
electrical shock or start a fire.
 
Only a qualified electrician should perform electrical work. All the
work should be inspected by a local government electrical inspector upon
completion and before it is concealed by finished walls, if possible.
Don't try to save money by doing the installation yourself. If you do
replace electrical work in your home, make sure you know how to do it
and have obtained necessary training.
 
When deciding the number of outlets for your home, the National
Electrical Code stipulates a minimum quantity for various rooms. For
example, kitchen countertops will require more outlets than a typical
bedroom. By installing a sufficient quantity of outlets during
construction, you should avoid the need for extension cords. (Plan for
those who may be using the outlets in the future, including senior
citizens and individuals with disabilities, and consider installing them
at least 15 inches from the floor.)
 
One of the goals of new construction and renovation work should be to
eliminate the need for extension cords. Never permit cords to be used
as a substitute for permanent wiring. You should never run extension
cords under carpets or across doorways.
 
Electrical devices that provide electric shock protection are important
considerations in the bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, and other
areas that are susceptible to wetness. Proper grounding is essential to
minimize fire and shock hazards. GFCI stands for Ground-Fault
Circuit-Interrupter, a device that constantly monitors the amount of
current flowing through a circuit and cuts off electricity when it
detects a potentially lethal level of current that might flow through a
person. GFCIs are inexpensive and can be installed in your home's
electrical service panel or at various outlets.
 
The electrical system of older homes not undergoing a major renovation,
should be inspected to the specifications of a new code, NFPA 73,
Residential Electrical Maintenance Code, which focuses on blatant
hazards found in many older homes.
 
Refer to the Available Resource Materials section for more information,
or, because regulations often vary from state to state, check with your
local building inspector.
 
HEATING
 
There are several general types of heating systems: central, room by
room, portable, or fixed space heating. Energy sources for a central
heating unit can be natural gas, fuel oil, propane and electricity,
using coils, heat pumps or baseboard heaters. Space heating includes
kerosene heaters, wood stoves and gas and electric space heaters.
Although there are differences in fire risk among different types of
central heating units, depending upon the type of fuel or power used,
these systems are deemed safer than portable or fixed space heating.
Space heaters are safe if installed and operated properly.
 
If space heating is used, keep in mind a few fire safety pointers.
First, check to make sure the heater is allowed by your local code.
Fires often occur when a space heater is too close to combustible
materials, such as curtains and upholstered furniture; make sure you
keep space heaters away from those materials. Use only heaters listed
by a qualified testing laboratory. Inspect the heater or heating
equipment periodically; and make sure you replace worn parts and
consumables. Watch for frayed cords. Make sure safety features are
operational, including tipover safeties.
 
When you buy a kerosene heater keep two things in mind: buy one
certified by a qualified testing laboratory, and look for one with a
safety or shut-off device. While newer heaters are equipped with the
devices, older ones may not be. When you refill a portable kerosene
heater with fuel, never refill the unit indoors or while the heater is
lit. Use only the proper grade of fuel -- 1-K clear kerosene. Never
use gasoline or any other liquid more volatile, because they could lead
to a flare-up and fire. Store the kerosene in a tightly capped metal
container which is specifically approved for storing kerosene. An
approved container will be blue, NOT red, and will be marked for
kerosene.
 
If you want to buy a wood stove or gas space heater, fire safety
officials recommend you check with local building code officials or fire
marshals before you make your purchase. Units must comply with your
local building codes. You should properly install and maintain it. You
also ought to get your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly. Check
your chimneys and flues for creosote build-up and bird or squirrel
nests. The ashes should be cold before you remove them from your stove
or fireplace. Many fires occur due to improper removal of ashes.
 
When installing a wood stove or a fireplace, follow the manufacturer's
recommended procedures. Check with the local building officials for
clearances from combustible walls and floors, and check for the hearth
requirements. You should also check with your insurance company because
it may require an inspection from a building code official to verify
that the stove was properly installed.
 
When you purchase an electric space heater, you should only buy one with
a UL or other qualified testing laboratory's safety listing. Check the
unit's safety features. An automatic tipover shut-off is important. New
heaters contain a thermostat control that shuts the heater off when it
gets too hot and is also a good safety precaution. Older heaters may
not have this feature. A thermostat control that regulates the heat
output is an important feature.
 
Remember when using any room heating device, it must be installed,
maintained and used properly. Keep room heating devices out of
trafficked areas and always use the proper fuel. Position them at least
3 feet away from combustible objects. Watch children and pets carefully
when they are around these devices. And fire officials recommend that
you always remember to turn them off when you leave your home or go to
bed.
 
Refer to the Available Resource Materials section for more information.
 
APPLIANCES
 
All household appliances should be listed by a qualified testing
laboratory, indicating that they meet basic safety standards. It is
imperative that appliances be installed, used, and maintained according
to the manufacturer's instructions.
 
Remember the following safety tips when you use appliances.
 
* Careless cooking is the leading cause of residential fires. Stay
focussed on your cooking. If you must leave the area, turn the stove
or frying pan off.
 
* Portable electric appliances should be unplugged when not in use.
 
* Clothes dryer vents should be installed using appropriate materials
and should be cleaned periodically. Lint filters should be cleaned
after each load of clothes.
 
* Kitchen stoves should have anti-tip brackets installed to prevent the
stove from tipping forward and spilling hot cooking materials, or
causing other injuries.
 
LIGHTING
 
You must install light fixtures according to the manufacturer's
instructions and following provisions of the National Electrical Code
(NECr). Don't install surface- mounted and recessed-mounted light
fixtures so that combustible building material will be exposed to
excessive heat. The NECr requires that insulation be kept 3 inches away
from all recessed lights because the lights generate enough heat that
can cause some materials to burn.
 
Keep lamps away from combustible materials. For example, many
torchiere- style halogen lamps can reach very high temperatures and
could start a fire if they come in contact with curtains, clothes or
other flammable material. These lamps should be turned off when not in
use.
 
And always have the electrical work inspected by a local government
electrical inspector or a certified electrical inspector. Never use
light bulbs of a higher wattage than recommended on the light fixture;
check the tag on the lamp that indicates the wattage. Refer to the
Available Resource Materials section for more information.
 
FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS
 
Many flammable and combustible liquids can be found in your home or
garage such as rubbing alcohol, paint, paint thinner, cleaning solvents
like linseed oil and gasoline or gasoline-oil mixes used for lawn
mowers, snow blowers and other equipment. In addition, many cosmetics
are flammable and should not be used near open flames. It is very
important to know how to handle, properly store and dispose of the
paints, solvents and other flammable and combustible liquids in your
home. And never store or use gasoline inside your home.
 
Always read the label on any container of paint or other liquids. If
the label states, "Danger, Extremely Flammable" or "Warning -
Flammable," these are easily ignited. Do not use the material near open
flames including pilot lights, or arcing electrical equipment such as
motors.
 
Rags soaked with solvents or linseed oil should be allowed to air dry
outside and then properly disposed. Or store them in a tightly sealed
metal container until discarded. Otherwise, they may spontaneously
combust, starting a dangerous fire in your home or garage.
 
Refer to the Available Resource Materials section for more information.
 
SAFETY SYSTEMS AND DEVICES
 
Home fires break out at a rate of nearly one a minute in the United
States, with each household averaging three typically unreported fires
every 10 years. If a fire breaks out even after taking precautions,
there are three devices or systems that can alert homeowners to a fire
situation or contain it: photo- electric/ionization smoke detectors,
fire sprinkler systems, and portable fire extinguishers.
 
Smoke detectors are required by most building codes. In most cases,
installation of residential fire sprinkler systems is voluntary although
some municipalities are starting to require it in new construction.
 
Smoke Detectors
 
Early warning devices, such as smoke detectors, significantly increase
your chances of survival in a residential fire. In fact, smoke
detectors cut your chances of dying in a fire nearly in half. There are
now detectors on the market for the hearing impaired.
 
Check with the local building inspector, fire department or state fire
marshal's office to find out where they recommend you install detectors.
The National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, requires that you install one
detector outside each sleeping area or bedroom and on every floor,
including the basement. You should not use smoke detectors in kitchens,
bathrooms, unfinished attics, or garages unless specifically listed for
this purpose. Detectors in these areas may be more prone to nuisance
alarms perhaps caused by cooking vapors and moisture. There are
detectors made now that have a temporary silence button, which allows
you to silence the alarm for about 10 minutes when cooking or working. A
more appropriate device for these areas might be a photo-electric smoke
detector.
 
In new homes, the National Fire Alarm Code requires hard-wired detectors
that are permanently connected to AC power in each bedroom, outside each
sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement.
These detectors must be interconnected so that when one detector
activates, all of them will sound the alarm. In addition, the code's
1996 edition requires back up power supplies, which will usually be in
the form of batteries. It is recommended that a qualified, licensed
electrician install hard-wired detectors.
 
You should always keep smoke detectors clean, and vacuum the dust from
the sensor and openings. Never paint them. Make sure you read the
manufacturer's instructions to determine when it is best to change the
batteries. Replace detectors in your home every 10 years or more
frequently if the manufacturer recommends it.
 
Fire Sprinkler Systems
 
Many fire officials suggest that new homes include automatic fire
sprinkler systems. A residential fire sprinkler system can reduce the
risk of fire deaths by 75 percent if combined with smoke detectors. An
increasing number of communities across the country have deemed it
appropriate to require fire sprinkler systems in all new residences.
Some companies promote these systems and offer insurance discounts if
you install them.
 
Sprinkler heads are individually heat activated. When a fire increases
the heat in the area of the sprinkler head to its operating temperature,
a fusible link or glass bulb will activate only the sprinklers in the
fire area and discharge water onto the fire while sounding an alarm.
Sprinklers can prevent the spreading of a fire until the fire department
arrives and in some cases can extinguish the fire. Early detection and
suppression keeps fires from reaching dangerous and fatal proportions.
 
If you install a home fire sprinkler system, you should maintain it
properly. Each year, check for leaks in the system, and provide proper
freeze protection for the piping system. It is important to hire a
qualified contractor, because a system that is improperly installed or
maintained will not provide the safety you deserve from your investment.
These systems can be added during renovation projects and easily
installed in new additions.
 
Look for equipment that is approved by a qualified testing lab. Always
have a local government code official, or an experienced and certified
inspector, inspect your fire sprinkler system before paying for it.
 
Fire Extinguishers
 
To prevent smaller fires from growing, it is recommended that all homes
have fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are classified by the type
of fire that they are expected to fight. Know where you are going to
use the extinguisher before you purchase it, and choose the fire
extinguisher classification by where you plan to use it. For example,
an extinguisher particularly made to fight grease and similar fires are
classified for use in the kitchen. You should read the directions on
the back of the extinguishers in your home, and check them monthly
according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure you know how to
use them.
 
Professionals advise you to leave your home quickly when there is a
fire, and call the fire department from a nearby phone. You should
never attempt to stay inside to put out a fire, other than a small fire.
Review these instructions periodically with children, reminding them to
leave the area quickly, and call the fire department from a neighbor's
house.
 
Refer to the Available Resource Materials section for more information.
 
HOME FURNISHINGS
 
Careless use of smoking products is the leading cause of deaths
associated in home fires. Most of these fires involve smoking material
ignition of upholstered furniture or mattresses and bedding. Choose
your home furnishings in order to significantly reduce the risk of a
fire that can be caused by cigarette, cigars, pipes, matches, lighters,
candles and other sources of heat and flame in your home. If you use
those products, be extremely careful to keep ignition sources away from
ignitable materials and make sure they are properly extinguished,
disposed of, and cooled before discarding them.
 
Upholstered Furniture
 
When purchasing furniture, you should look for items that are designed
to reduce the likelihood of ignition by smoking materials. Such
furniture can be identified by a gold-colored tag on the item that has
the initials UFAC or Upholstered Furniture Action Council. UFAC's
Voluntary Action Program requires member manufacturers of furniture to
use components that comply with certain cigarette-resistance tests.
 
Fabrics made from predominantly thermoplastic fibers, such as nylon,
polyester and olefin, exhibit good resistance to ignition from
smoldering cigarettes. Some leathers, wool and vinyl fabrics also
exhibit good cigarette ignition resistance. Generally, the higher the
synthetic fiber content of the fabric the more it resists ignition from
smoldering sources such as cigarettes. Fabrics such as cotton, rayon,
linen and acetate have lower cigarette ignition resistance.
 
Upholstered furniture is also susceptible to ignition by small open
flames, such as from lighters, matches and candles. There is no
guarantee that a furniture product resistant to cigarette ignition will
resist small flame ignition, so be extremely careful with the use of
small flames near upholstered furniture.
 
California requires furniture sold in the state meet both cigarette and
open- flame standards, and carry a label stating this compliance.
California residents should look for this label, and some retailers use
this label in other states.
 
Mattresses and Bedding
 
Since 1973, all mattresses sold are required by the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission to resist cigarette ignition. Futons and
mattress pads must also meet this standard. One way to ensure a new
mattress complies with the standard is to look for the Sleep Products
Safety Council hang tag on it that contains important fire safety
information. These products may also contain a voluntary label showing
that they meet a similar California state requirement.
 
You should consider replacing your old mattress with a new one if the
mattress was manufactured before 1973, even if it has been later
renovated or rebuilt. If this is not possible, the use of a new
mattress pad that resists cigarette ignition will help protect the older
mattress.
 
It is not a good idea to store unused mattresses, since these products
can add to the household's fire load. Keep all ignition sources away
from these products to reduce the risk of these types of fires.
 
Other Furnishings
 
Local or state building and fire codes may have requirements that apply
to other furnishings, such as carpets and rugs, drapes and wall
coverings. Check with a local building code official or fire marshal to
determine if any regulations exist. All carpeting and large rugs have
been required to meet federal flame spread flammability standards since
1970. Small rugs that are exempted must be so labeled.
 
Refer to the Available Resource Materials section for more information.
 
CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR
 
When renovating, remodeling or building your home, it is often hard to
decide which contractor will do the best job. Contact the following
places for licensing information or referrals:
 
* state regulations and licensing offices,
 
* municipal building code officials,
 
* the Better Business Bureau,
 
* local building trades offices,
 
* contractor referral services, or,
 
* "word of mouth." Check with your friends and others about work done
by specific contractors.
 
Remember, price doesn't determine safety or the quality of work. Refer
to the Available Resource Materials section for addresses and telephone
numbers.
 
AVAILABLE RESOURCE MATERIALS
 
This section should assist you in finding additional resources and
experts that you may need when building or renovating your home.
Although the information below will help you begin your project, it is
not meant to be a complete list. The following organizations and others
are constantly producing new materials that also be a resource for you
and were not available when this brochure was printed.
 
In addition, many of the organizations listed are in the process of
creating home pages on the Internet although the addresses are not
listed in this brochure. By calling the numbers listed below, it might
be possible to get an organization's resources by logging on to the
World Wide Web.
 
Codes and Permits
 
For more information, contact the following organizations. You can also
find your local code official and building department in the local
government listing in the blue pages of your phone book, or check with
your city or town hall for building inspection staff.
 
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
Building Officials & Code Administrators International
4051 Flossmore Road
Country Club Hills, IL 60478
(708) 799-2300
 
National Association of State Fire Marshals
1319 F Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-1226
 
Southern Building Code Congress International
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
(205) 591-1853
 
International Conference of Building Officials
5360 S. Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(310) 699-0541
 
National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards
505 Huntmar Park Drive, Suite 210
Herndon, VA 22070
(703) 437-0100
 
Building Materials
For more information on roofing or insulation, contact:
 
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 222-2462
 
EPS Molders Association
1926 Waukegan Road, Suite 1
Glenview, IL 60025
(800) 607-3772
 
National Association of Home Builders
1201 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 822-0229
(800) 223-2665
 
National Roofing Contractors Association
O'Hare International Center
10255 West Higgins Road, Suite 600
Rosemont, IL 60018
(800) USA-ROOF
 
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., 5th floor
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 624-2709
 
The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
-- Spray Polyurethane Division
1801 K Street, NW, Suite 600 K
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 974-5200
 
The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
-- Polyurethane Division
355 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 351-5425
 
The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
-- Foamed Polystyrene Alliance
1801 K Street, NW, Suite 600 K
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 974-5200
 
Heating
For more information on fire safe heating options, contact:
 
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 638-2772
 
U.S. Fire Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1189
 
Electrical
For additional information, contact:
 
Edison Electric Institute
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(800) EEI-5453
 
National Electrical Safety Foundation
1300 North 17th Street, Suite 1847
Rosslyn, VA 22209
(703) 841-3211
 
National Fire Protection Association
(publisher of the National Electrical Coder)
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 638-2772
 
U.S. Fire Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1189
 
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
333 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-8800
 
Lighting
For more information, contact:
 
Illuminating Engineering Society of North
America
120 Wall Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 248-5000
 
Flammable and Combustible Liquids
For more information, call:
 
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
Safety Systems and Devices
For more information, contact the following organizations. In addition,
some individual states also have codes and licensing and rules and
regulations.
 
American Fire Sprinkler Association
12959 Jupiter Road, Suite 142
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 349-5965
 
Operation Life Safety
International Association of Fire Chiefs
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 273-0911
 
National Association of State Fire Marshals
1319 F Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-1226
 
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
National Fire Sprinkler Association
Robin Hill Corporate Park
P.O. Box 1000
Patterson, NY 12563
(914) 878-4200
 
U.S. Fire Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1189
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 638-2772
 
Home furnishings
For more information about bedding or other home furnishings, contact:
 
American Textile Manufacturers Institute
1130 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036-3954
(202) 862-0550
 
National Fire Protection Association
(publisher of the National Electrical Coder)
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269
(617) 770-3000 (free kit)
(800) 344-3555 (catalogue)
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 638-2772
 
U.S. Fire Administration
16825 S. Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-1189
 
Contractors
 
For more information, contact your local Better Business Bureau. Or,
you can find your local consumer protection agency in the government
section in the blue pages of your local phone book.
 
AVAILABLE MATERIALS
 
Permits and Codes
 
1. electrical
National Fire Protection Association: Electrical Code Handbook
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Guide to Home Wiring Hazards
 
2. mechanical
International Conference of Building Officials: Uniform Building and
Mechanical Code
 
Southern Building Code Congress International
 
International Code Council
 
3. structural
Council of American Building Officials: You Can Build It
 
Council of American Building Officials: Why and How
 
Council of American Building Officials: Building Codes
 
Building Officials and Code Administrators International
 
Southern Building Code Congress International
 
Building Materials
1. insulation
CertainTeed Home Institute: Cellulose Insulation Flammability
 
CertainTeed Home Institute: Insulation and Fire Safety In Your Home
 
2. exterior
Vinyl Siding Institute: Rigid Vinyl Siding
 
Heating
1. gas/energy
American Gas Association: At Home With Energy
 
National Fuel Funds Network: Heating Homes and Saving Lives Through
Partnerships
 
2. space heaters
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Electric Space Heaters
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Kerosene Heaters
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: What You Should Know About
Space Heaters
 
Electrical
1. electrical
National Electrical Safety Foundation: Plug Into Electric Safety (kit)
 
National Fire Protection Association: National Electrical Code (NFPA70)
 
National Fire Protection Association: Residential Electrical
Maintenance Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (NFPA 73)
 
U.S. Fire Administration - FEMA: On The Safety Circuit (kit)
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Repairing Aluminum Wiring
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Electric Safety Audit, Room
by Room Checklist
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Electrical Receptacle Fact
Sheet
 
National Electrical Safety Foundation and U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission: A Home Electrical Safety Check
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Electrical Receptacle
Outlets
 
2. appliances
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers: Recipe for Safer Cooking
 
Tips on preventing cooking fires and putting out cooking fires
 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Guide To Electric Safety
(1983)
 
Safety Systems and Devices
1. smoke alarms/detectors
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Smoke Detectors Can Save
Your Life
 
U.S. Fire Administration-Federal Emergency Management Agency: Smoke
Detectors and Fire Safety: A Guide For Older Americans
 
U.S. Fire Administration - FEMA: Smoke Detectors: Don't Stay Home
Without One
 
National Fire Protection Association: National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA72)
 
National Fire Protection Association: Home Smoke Detectors
 
2. sprinklers
National Fire Sprinkler Association Inc: F.Y.I. (4pamphlets)
 
Fire Sprinkler Facts **Homeowner's Guide to Fire Sprinkler System
 
Residential and Quick Response Sprinklers
 
Maintain Your Fire Sprinkler System
 
U.S. Fire Administration - FEMA: Home Fire Protection- Quick Response
Fire Sprinkler *National Volunteer Fire Council: Don't Give Fire A Home
(kit)
 
National Fire Protection Association:
 
Installation of Sprinkler Systems (NFPA 13)
 
3. fire extinguishers
National Fire Protection Association: Portable Fire Extinguishers
 
Home Furnishings
1. carpeting
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Tips for Purchasing and
Installing New Carpet
 
2. upholstered furniture
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Upholstered Furniture
 
General
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Home Fire Safety Checklist
 
National Fire Protection Association: Fire Prevention in Your Home
 
National Fire Protection Association: Fire in Your Home -- Prevention
and Survival


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