LUBBOCK, Texas, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brennen Teel Foundation commends The City of Lubbock for allowing Fire and Emergency Services, Building Officials and the Model Codes & Construction Advisory Board to spend considerable time and resources examining the issues relating to CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing).
In August 2015, the research and work completed through its special fuel gas subcommittee, the Model Codes Advisory Board has recommended that the use of yellow-jacketed CSST be disallowed and that new installations of conductive-jacketed CSST will be permitted if the product meets the Lubbock Standard (ICC LC-1027). This change in the Code will save lives. Ken and Becky Teel, the parents of Brennen Chase Teel, created the foundation in Brennen's name to raise awareness and tackle safety threats of CSST in homes. Brennen was killed on August 24, 2012 because of the newly prohibited type of CSST. Similar failures are occurring all over the United States threatening lives and homes. Products meeting the new Lubbock Standard would have prevented Brennen's death.
Founders of the Brennen Teel Foundation Ken and Becky Teel: The City of Lubbock has an excellent team focused on the safety of its citizens. Due to the high incidence of lightning activity in Lubbock, and the accessibility of improved technology and testing standards, Lubbock City Council's vote ensures that new construction in the City requires the higher performance level of flexible gas piping to provide greater safety for homeowners. Ten million homes have existing yellow CSST. The actions of Lubbock create a road map for other municipalities to use to protect their citizens.
One CSST manufacturer was hostile to the new Lubbock Standard. OmegaFlex Corporation sought to block the code change while at the same time refusing to provide testing and data requested (during the past 3 years) by Lubbock officials related to its product. OmegaFlex's product fails catastrophically when tested to the Lubbock Standard. Omegaflex has refused to manufacture to the Lubbock Standard since the International Code Council (ICC) approved the LC-1027 criteria in February 2011.
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