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* Counterfeit Sprinkler Warning *

Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinklers
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers, identified below, bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is not known if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers are marked TY3151, TY3251, and TY3351, the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by TYCO Fire & Building Products.
    Name of Product: Models TY3151, TY3251, and TY3351.
    The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and the following on the deflector and “TYCO” on the wrench boss and may be provided with an orange guard that also bears a counterfeit UL Mark. The counterfeit fire sprink­lers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” or “YD05”: TY3151 155°F 68°C SU; TY3251 155°F 68°C SP; TY3251 200°F 93°C SP; TY3351 155°F 68°C HSW.
    Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
    These counterfeit fire sprinklers were found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has received previous reports of counterfeit for Models TY3151 and TY3251 in Vietnam.
    To learn more see Release No. 18PN-20 and Release No. 15PN-21 at: www.UL.com.

    Also see Release 18PN-21 and 18PN-22: The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers, identified below, bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is not known if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers are marked GL5661 and GL5651, the fire sprinklers were not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler.
    Product Models: Models GL5661 and GL5651
    The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and “GLOBE” on the wrench boss. The counterfeit fire sprinklers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” and may be provided with an orange guard.
    Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
    The fire sprinklers have been found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    Product Models: Models GL5661 and GL5651
    The products are marked with a counterfeit UL Certification Mark and “MAFCO” on the wrench boss. The counterfeit fire sprinklers employ a thermo bulb marked “JOB F5” and may be provided with an orange guard.
    Photographs of the product can be found at: www.ul.com/newsroom.
    These fire sprinklers have been found in the United Arab Emirates. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    To learn more see Release No. 18PN-21 and 18PN-22 at: www.UL.com.

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-05)

The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “TYCO,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco Fire & Building Products.
    UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-05)
    Visit: www.ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 17PN-08)

The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified in the link below bears a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety and it is unknown if it complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler wrench boss is marked “GLOBE,” the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation.
    UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Fire Sprinkler (Release 17PN-08)
            Visit: www.ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinklers (Release 14PN-9)
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinklers identified bear counterfeit UL Certification Marks for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinklers have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinklers comply with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinklers wrench boss is marked "TYCO" and the thermo bulbs are marked "JOB F5" the fire sprinklers were not manufactured or labeled by Tyco and the thermo bulbs were not manufactured or labeled by Job, GmbH., affiliates or agents.
    Name of Product: Upright TY3151; Pendent TY3251; Horizontal Sidewall PS007.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in Vietnam and India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.
    Identification: On the product: The product bears counterfeit UL and TYCO Marks and the following information on the upright TY3151 sprinkler. (Location - Vietnam)
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings include: UL in a circle, 155°F/68°C, TY3151; "TYCO" cast into both sides of the wrench boss; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb -Job F5.
    Authentic Fire Sprinkler Markings include: cULus in a circle, 155°F/68°C, SU, TY3151; "TYCO" incised on one side and the year of manufacture on the opposite side of wrench boss; Defector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb - "G" between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    For more information and to see photographs go to www.ul.com.

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/index.jsp?cpath=/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/data/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinklers-release-14pn-9_20140515101700.xml

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    Although the fire sprinkler’s wrench boss is marked “TYCO”, the fire sprinkler was not manufactured by Tyco, its affiliates, or agents.
    Name of Product: Pendent Type Fire Sprinkler
    Identification: On the product: The counterfeit sprinkler has the UL Mark on the wrench boss. The UL Certified Tyco sprinkler is provided with the UL Mark on the deflector, other differences are:
    Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” and “UL” marked on the sides of the wrench flat, no date code; cULus in a circle marked on the side of the frame. “68C” and  “SSP” on the deflector without TY number; Deflector material zinc plated steel (magnetic); 5mm glass bulb no markings.
    UL Certified Fire Sprinkler Markings: “TYCO” marked on one wrench flat, date code on the other wrench flat; cULus in a circle, “155°F/68°C”,”SP” and “ TY3251” marked on the deflector; Deflector material brass with chrome or painted white (non-magnetic); 5 mm Geissler glass bulb – “G” between two triangles on one side and lot number on the other side.
    To see photographs visit: http://ul.com/newsroom/publicnotices/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-fire-sprinkler-release-no-14pn-18/.
    Location: The sprinklers have been found in India. UL has not received reports of these counterfeit sprinklers in other locations.


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California
Alert: California Contractors & Fitters
    Paulene Norwood, Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association said: “We need your assistance in informing sprinkler contractors and fitters who hold California state required Fitter Licenses to be informed that they are required to complete 30 hours of Cal Fire-OSFM approved courses by June 30, 2021. OSFM is the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
    Norwood continued, “Phone calls I am receiving regarding this from non-members is they were not aware of this requirement and they were not informed. Many are asking, ‘Why are there no notices in supply houses?’”
    Norwood has contacted fire sprinkler suppliers and fabricators asking for their help in getting the word out.  
    She noted that the “…manufacturers and suppliers are a direct line to all contractors and fitters in our area and are a good source to inform them of this requirement through direct contact with them and at your places of business.” 
    Norwood added, “These licensed contractors are your lifeline and must remain in business, and to do so, they must meet all the Cal Fire-OSFM requirements for license holders. No license, no business, closed doors.”
    Following are the regulations from the OSFM website:
  Continuing Education — Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter shall complete three units of American National Standards Institute/International Association of Continuing Education and Training (ANSI/IACET) accredited continuing education within a three-year period. This requirement is verified by CAL FIRE-OSFM every three years at time of renewal. If proof of completion is not received at time of renewal on the third year of the three-year period, the Certified Fire Sprinkler Fitter shall be required to reapply as a new applicant, pay all associated fees, and pass a written examination.
    The “three units” is the equivalent of 30 hours of class time.
    This is a requirement for renewal of the Fitter License.
    Following are the details from Cal Fire-OSFM on the new deadline for required CEUs for Fitter License holders.  
Note: this is from the “Period of Initial Certification,” not the renewal date.
    Period of Initial Certification requirement (Every 3 years): July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019; July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
    First date of renewal with CEU requirement: July 1, 2021, July 1, 2024.
    Second date of renewal with CEU: July 1, 2022, July 1, 2025.
    The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association held approved CAL FIRE-OSFM seminars on November 14, 2019, offering .08 credits towards the stated requirement. The seminar was limited to 100 attendees and was open to members and non-members.
    FPC will try to give notice of future seminars; check fpcmag.com for notices received after press time.
    For more information contact: Paulene Norwood, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Chapter, American Fire Sprinkler Association, (916) 296-0635.

 


National
Standpipe Rack Hose Video
    Supporting the association’s mission to save lives and protect property through fire safety education, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association released an educational video on the features and benefits of standpipe rack hoses. This educational video provides an overview of standpipe rack hose systems and highlights the importance of these systems as part of balanced fire protection plan for buildings.
    “Incorporating a balanced fire protection design in commercial buildings helps to minimize safety risks by providing multiple channels for fire notification and protection,” says Duane Leonhardt, fire hose and interior equipment division chair. “Building owners, managers, and occupants play key roles in designing and executing fire protection plans, so we produced this video specifically with them in mind.”
    Standpipe rack hose systems are just one element of a complete balanced protection plan; other elements may include portable fire extinguishers, automated suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire alarms.
    In addition to providing a summary of the components and operation of standpipe rack hose systems, the video also reviews the unique features of these systems, including: Quick suppression of fires; One-person operation; Minimal water damage; Pathway clearing for occupant rescue; Occupant protection during rescue.
    The educational standpipe rack hose video is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube and SlideShare.
    This standpipe rack hose video is the fourth educational video created and posted on the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s YouTube and SlideShare accounts. Other educational videos include: How to Use a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Your First Defense When Disaster Strikes (NFPA 1126) and UL300 – Protecting Commercial Kitchens.
    The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60 year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.
    For more information contact: Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115; (216) 241-7333, www.femalifesafety.org.

National
Residential Fire Sprinklers Cost Report
    The cost to install home fire sprinklers in 51 homes in 17 communities averaged $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, down from the $1.61 average in 2008, according to a report conducted by Newport Partners (Newport) and released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association. (Sprinklered square feet is a measure of total area of spaces with sprinklers.) The new report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment - 5 Year Update, provides a national perspective on the cost of installing home fire sprinklers.
    The primary purpose of the 2013 study was to review current home fire sprinkler costs against a 2008 benchmark study, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment, also commissioned by the Foundation and conducted by Newport, to better understand the relationship between adoptions, various elements of cost such as installation and materials, how efficiency in design or installation may be introduced, and more.
      For more information visit: www.nfpa.org

National
UL & LPCB Warn of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler
    The following is a notification from UL and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to distributors, contractors, fire departments, regulatory agencies, and authorities having jurisdiction that the fire sprinkler identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark for the United States and Canada, and a counterfeit LPCB Mark. The fire sprinkler has not been evaluated by UL or LPCB to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the fire sprinkler complies with any safety requirements.
    For more information please see the following links:
http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/index.jsp?cpath=/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices//detail/data/ul-and-loss-prevention-certification-board-lpcb-warn_20130329121900.xml

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices/detail/index.jsp?cpath=/global/eng/pages/newsroom/publicnotices//detail/data/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-ul-mark-on-fire_20130131080000.xml


Fire Sprinkler Calendar:

December TBD, 2019
Greater Bay Area AFSA 16th Gala
Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Livermore, CA
AFSA Greater Bay Area Chapter
Lorelei Sweet Upshaw, (925) 954-5031
lorelei@cafsa.org

December 7, 2019
Gran Prix Event
Umigo, Livermore, CA
AFSA Greater Bay Area Chapter
Alicia Karrick, (510) 398-9185
AliciaGBAafsa@gmail.com
www.afsa-gba.org

December 10, 2019
GFSA Christmas Gathering
Benefitting Toys for Tots
Hamilton Mill
bobby@atlantasprinkler.com
www.georgiafiresprinkler.org

February 25, 2020
Design Advantage: Fire Sprinkler Systems & the IBC
Pharr Fire Administration, Pharr, TX
National Fire Sprinkler Association
seminars@nfsa.org

February 26-28, 2020
Construction Selling Skills
Dallas, TX
FMI, 800-669-1364
www.fminet.com

March 9-13, 2020
SFPE 20 International
PBD Conference and Expo
Hotel Cordis, Auckland, New Zealand
SFPE, (301) 718-2910, info@sfpe.org

May 15-18, 2020
NFSA Annual Meeting
Phoenix, AZ
www.nfsa.org

June 14-17, 2020
NFPA Annual Meeting & Expo
Orlando, FL
www.nfpa.org

June 15-20, 2020
Interschutz 2020
Hanover, Germany
Katja Wohlers, +49 171 6407562
www.interschutz.de

September 13-16, 2020
AFSA 39 Convention Expo
Orlando, FL
www.firesprinkler.org

September 22-25, 2020
Security Essen
Essen, Germany
Hartmut König, +49 (0) 201-7244-245 hartmut.koenig@messe-essen.de
www.messe-essen.de

Other Dates by Organization

Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology
www.firesprinkleracademy.com

American Subcontractors Association:
www.asaonline.com

Fire Tech Productions:
www.firetech.com

Dec. 2-4: Fire Pump Maint. Training, Atlanta, GA
Dec. 4-6: I&T of Spk. & Pumps, Indianapolis, IN
Online Courses: NICET Water-Based Layout Certification; NICET Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems Certification; NICET Special Hazards Certification; And more!

National Fire Protection Assoc.:
www.nfpa.org

NFPA 13, Three-day Class with Certificate
Dec. 2: Garden Grove, CA
Dec. 16: Orlando, FL

National Fire Sprinkler Assoc.:
www.nfsa.org

Dec. 11: Hydraulics, Dover, DE
Dec. 12: Hydraulics, Conshohocken, PA

Feb. 25: Design Advantage: Fire Sprinkler Systems and the IBC, Pharr, TX
Feb. 25: Sprinkler Sys. Plan Review, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 26: Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 25, Pharr, TX
Feb. 27: Rough and Final Inspections of Fire Sprinkler Systems, Tucson, AZ
Feb. 27: NFPA 13, 13R, 13D Update 2016, Pharr, TX

Other Future Meeting Dates:

AFSA, www.firesprinkler.org
Sep. 13-16, 2020, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL
Sep. TBD, 2022, Las Vegas, NV

CASA, www.casa-firesprinkler.org

NFPA, www.nfpa.org
Jun. 14-17, 2020, Orlando, FL
June TBD, 2021, Las Vegas, NV 
June 6-9, 2022, Boston, MA

NFSA, www.nfsa.org  
May 15-18, 2020, Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ           
May 12-15, 2021, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
May 3-6, 2022, Clearwater Beach, FL
May 3-6, 2023, Washington, D.C.
May 7-10, 2024, Maui, HI

Also Visit:
American Fire Sprinkler Association
www.firesprinkler.org  
National Fire Sprinkler Association
www.nfsa.org  
National Fire Protection Association
www.nfpa.org  
BlazeMaster®
www.blazemastertraining.com   
Fire Tech Productions
www.firetech.com
FMI
www.fminet.com  
Oklahoma State University
www.ce.ceat.okstate.edu
Seneca College, School of Fire Protection
www.senecacollege.ca


 

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Featured Websites

Relmark Group — Risk Management Advocates for Fire Sprinkler Contractors
Relmarkgroup.com

"NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative" website: NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative

Helpful Website:
    The Building Code Resource Library website may be of interest! It is an electronic library on building fire protection at your fingertips.

    Website: http://buildingcoderesourcelibrary.com/

Fire Protection Educational and Training Resources:
Fire Smarts, LLC

Fire Sprinkler History:
"History of Mather & Platt Ltd." (And Grinnell) By Marcel Boschi + David Drew-Smythe: http://home.zipworld.com.au/~lnbdds/Boschi/

Certification: "The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)" For more information, visit theNICET website.

"Fire Sprinkler Coalition" For more information, visit the IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition website.

"Campus FireWatch" For more information, visit the Campus FireWatch website.

"Fire Sprinkler Academy" For more information, visit the Fire Sprinkler Academy website.


Take Heart
Remember what Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -
John 16:32-33, New International Version


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