Proposed New Flammability Standards Emphasize the Importance of Basic Fire Safety Measures, says Fire Protection Group, Inc.

California's move to reduce mandates for the use of controversial flame retardants in various products underlines the need for basic fire safety.

Feb 22, 2013, 14:48 ET from Fire Protection Group, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fire Protection Group, Inc., providers of NFPA 25 testing and the full range of services relating to fire prevention and safety, wishes to remind the public that recent news out of Sacramento represents a powerful reminder of the need for strong fire prevention and safety measures. To be specific, California Governor Jerry Brown appears to have handed a victory to environmentalists who have been arguing for decades that chemical flame retardants are linked to cancer and a number of other very serious health issues impacting children and adults, while providing little or no protection against fire. The proposed new rules from Governor Brown will have national impact as regulations from the most highly populated state in the union amounts to the equivalent of a national regulation.

Leaving aside the controversies surrounding the matter, Fire Protection Group, Inc. believes that the rules only mean that all of us need to be as vigilant as ever when it comes to fire safety and prevention. Without taking a position on the effectiveness of chemical retardants and their attendant health concerns, environmentalists do have a point when they note that the actual culprit in fires are ignition sources such as heaters, faulty cords and electrical sources, hot cinders from fireplace, and, of course, lit cigarettes.  At best, retardants only slow the spread of a fire; they don't stop it. Traditional anti-fire measures, including such measures as sprinkler systems, alarms, and fire watch when other services are not in place, are vastly more effective than fire retardant chemicals in any case.

The fact of the matter is that far too many fires are the result of a failure to properly implement and follow basic safety measures. That's a big part of the reason why the highly respected staff of Fire Protection Group, Inc. takes their roles as full-service providers of fire protection systems and consultation extremely seriously.  Founded by general manager and lead engineer George Saadian in 1984, the company has been providing a full range of services to innumerable companies and individuals concerned with safety and compliance with fire codes.  Together with Chief Al Hernandez, formerly of the Los Angeles Fire Department, Mr. Saadian and his outstanding staff have made countless homes and businesses both fully compliant and as fire safe as humanly possible.

If you are in charge of a business or a residential building or complex, it is imperative that you obtain first-rate consultation fire prevention and safety services. To learn more about obtaining a free inspection or consultation, contact Fire Protection Group, Inc., 888-251-3488. For further information, visit

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