LUBBOCK, Texas, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In August of 2012, Brennen Chase Teel died as the result of an explosion in a Lubbock, Texas house fire. The cause was attributed to holes forged by a lightning strike in the Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing in the home's attic. Consequently, his parents, Ken and Becky Teel formed the Brennen Chase Teel Foundation for Gas Line Safety to educate the public about the dangers of yellow-jacketed Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing or "CSST." Having commissioned testing of the tubing, they began to make the results of the independent laboratory tests available to all who visit the foundation's website at BTFgaslinesafety.org.
Lavera Vincent has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Foundation, which launched its website at BTFGasLineSafety.org in October, 2014. The Foundation's campaign includes local, regional, and national outreach to educate millions of Americans about the dangers of yellow-jacketed CSST installed in their homes.
The Foundation honors Brennen's life. He was visiting friends in the Lubbock home when it was struck by lightning. This caused the home alarm to sound. Unbeknownst to the family members, the lightning strike had caused damage to the gas lines in the attic. When the attic hatch fell open, Mr. Teel died in the explosion that ensued. The City of Lubbock instituted a moratorium on CSST in new homes constructed in the city shortly after Mr. Teel's death. A lawsuit filed by the family of Brennen Teel recently resolved. The manufacturer has transitioned to selling only black-jacketed CSST going forward. With the lawsuit settled, the Teel family's focus is now on the Foundation.
One of the Foundation's first efforts will involve the Teels' work with electrical engineer and inventor Mark Goodson of Goodson Engineering in Denton, Texas. The Teels and Mr. Goodson began working last fall to develop a device capable of affordably protecting homes with yellow-jacketed CSST from lightning damage. The Foundation will offer information about this device on its website and in its marketing materials. For more information, visit BTFgaslinesafety.com.
SOURCE Brennen Teel Foundation