www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                   March 2018 - Vol 3, Issue 13
Feature Story
Time to Break Up Johnson Controls?
More on Potential UTC Breakup with CEO Hayes
Did Flawed Sprinkler Design Cause Senior Center Fire Deaths?
EPA (New Zealand) Urges Airports to Phase Out Dangerous Foams
What the 3M PFC Settlement Means to Chemours
Employee Sues After Collision with Fire Sprinkler Cage - Claims Traumatic Brain Injury
UTC's CEO Will Stick Around for 3-5 More Years
Kidde Recalls 500K Smoke Alarms
UTC and Honeywell Win Telemarketing Lawsuit
Most Popular Stories from February 2018
Mergers and Acquisitions
Studies and Reports
Did You Know?
featureEve of Revolution - The Use of Predictive Analytics to Improve Inspection, Testing and Maintenance in Fire Safety

By Casey Grant, The Fire Protection Research Foundation
NFPA Journal

In the last 7 years, the world's most important asset changed from oil to data. Because of this shift, the public safety industry now has to work hard to capitalize on the power that goes along with this change. The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) currently has a research project that will use data analytics to finally answer the questions about how often inspections, testing and maintenance of fire protection systems should happen.

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Time to Break Up Johnson Controls?
Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By Brooke Sutherland
Bloomberg Gadfly

Its margins still lag those of big rivals, and there's no sign of the pressure ending soon.

Johnson Controls International Plc is taking one big step forward in its journey to become a multi-industrial company. It's still got plenty of work left to do.

The company on Monday announced it will explore alternatives for its power solutions unit, which makes automotive batteries. This has been a long time coming.

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More on Potential UTC Breakup with CEO Hayes

By Elizabeth Gurdus

After announcing at an industry conference that he was considering breaking up his massive industrial company, United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes elaborated on his thought process to CNBC.

Speaking to "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer on after United Technologies' annual investor meeting, Hayes said that the potential split was a hot topic at the shareholder confab.

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Did Flawed Sprinkler Design Cause Senior Center Fire Deaths?

By Craig R. McCoy, Philly.com

Investigators found that flaws in the sprinkler system at the West Chester facility where four people died in a few.

The fast-moving November fire that left four dead at the Barclay Friends senior citizens home in West Chester has baffled and alarmed fire-protection experts nationwide.

How could the flames race so quickly through a modern facility protected by an extensive sprinkler system? And if that system was adequate, why was there little evidence that fleeing residents had been doused by the water that should have rained from every ceiling to suppress the fire?

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EPA (New Zealand) Urges Airports to Phase Out Dangerous Foams

Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is urging airports that may have fire-fighting foams containing PFOS to begin immediate planning to phase them out.

"The EPA has served a Compliance Order on Nelson Airport, giving it until 16 March to submit a plan detailing steps it will take to ensure such foam is no longer being used, and will be disposed of safely," said EPA Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth.

"This was done after samples of foam we took at Nelson Airport tested positive for PFOS. In the course of our wider investigation, we now believe that some other airports may have the same PFOS foams."

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What the 3M PFC Settlement Means to Chemours 

By Maxx Chatsko
The Motley Fool

Both companies have come under fire for polluting waterways with a specific class of chemical.

At the end of February, materials science conglomerate 3M announced it had reached an $850 million settlement with the state of Minnesota to end what could have been the largest environmental lawsuit in United States history. While shareholders will be forced to swallow a one-time charge of $1.15 per share in the first quarter of 2018 as a result of the settlement, it could have been a lot worse. The state sued for $5 billion in environmental damages, namely the contamination of public and private drinking supplies, caused by the release of chemicals the company phased out of production in 2002.

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Employee Sues After Collision with Fire Sprinkler Cage - Claims Traumatic Brain Injury

By Nicholas Malfitano

PHILADELPHIA -- An H&M store employee who claims to have suffered a traumatic brain injury after his head collided with a fire sprinkler and sprinkler cage at the Plymouth Meeting Mall is suing all of the entities allegedly responsible for his assortment of injuries.

Herman Achterhuis of Wyndmoor filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 13 versus PR Plymouth Meeting Limited Partnership, PREIT Associates, Oliver Fire Protection & Security, Grinnell Fire Protection Solutions and Johnson Controls Fire Protection, L.P., Tyco International (US), Johnson Controls, Simplex Time Recorder Co. and others.

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convergintConvergint Acquires Alphacorp

By Paul Ragusa
Security Systems News

Deal expands company's geographic coverage in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Convergint Technologies, a global systems integration company based here, announced the acquisition of Utah-based Alphacorp, a full-service provider of security, fire and life safety systems founded in 1992.

Dan Moceri, executive chairman and co-founder of Convergint Technologies, said he is excited to bring the entire Alphacorp team of 53 colleagues, including company president Mike Painter, into the Convergint family.

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aiAI Fire (Academy) Acquires Tri-State Fire Protection (NH)

By Iris Dorbian
The PE Hub Network

AI Fire, which is backed by Audax Private Equity, has acquired Hudson, New Hampshire-based Tri State Fire Protection, a fire and life safety service provider. No financial terms were disclosed.

Tri State Fire is a leading full-service, self-perform fire and life safety service provider. Headquartered in Hudson, NH, Tri State Fire services fire alarms, sprinkler systems, extinguishers, special hazard systems, and kitchen hood systems for customers across various end markets.

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safetyFire Safety vs Building Sustainability

By Karen Kroll, Fire Safety/Protection

Material selection and design play key roles in determining whether sustainability can complement or counter fire safety in commercial facilities.

Most facility managers strive both to keep occupants safe from fires and to limit their building's impact on the environment. While not always easy, it's usually possible to work toward both goals simultaneously. Indeed, some sustainability initiatives complement fire safety efforts, says Brian Koshley, global director of interior architecture with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. For instance, cleaning substances that are environmentally responsible should emit fewer hazardous fumes, should a fire occur.

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containerContainer Ship Fires Not an Easy Issue to Solve

By Malcolm Latarche

One crewman dead, four seafarers missing and the 2017-built Maersk Honam and its cargo of over 7,000 containers in danger of being a total loss. Fires on container ships are fortunately an infrequent occurrence relative to the number of box ships in operation but each year adds more incidents to the growing list.

In the vast majority of cases, the official investigation finds that the likely cause of the fire was mis-declared hazardous cargo loaded in the cargo holds rather than being in a safer position on the open deck. In such cases, the safety measures required under SOLAS introduced two years ago in January 2016 are useless in preventing the initial spread of the fire in the holds of the ship.

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dataData Center Life/Fire Safety Tips
Image courtesy of DVA Architects

By Dean Ventola
The Data Center Journal

Undoubtedly, the most critical component in any mission-critical data center isn't the capacity of data servers or the types of UPS batteries; it's the life-safety measures. Smoke, not the flame itself, is the greatest threat to safe evacuation and survival during a fire event, so fire-suppression systems, means of egress, fire containment and fire-alarm systems are by far the most important ways to decrease the chance of injury or loss of life from a burning building.

But building codes may require additional life-safety instruments, or the building's owner or operator may add them to increase safety. The following is a brief overview of such measures.

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li_ionAirline Lithium Ion Fires - What to Do 

By Allen St. John
Consumer Reports

Experts suggest storing rechargeable devices in carry-on luggage

An airline disaster was narrowly averted on Tuesday when a fire in the cargo hold of a Delta airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Bozeman, Montana, was extinguished before the flight took off. The cause: an overheating lithium-ion (or Li-ion) battery in a passenger's checked luggage.

The incident highlights a hard-to-combat risk that threatens airline passengers with surprising frequency.

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UTC's CEO Will Stick Around for 3-5 More Years
Greg Hayes is the CEO of UTC. (Photo courtesy UTC/File photo)

By Stephen Singer
Security InfoWatch

United Technologies Corp. Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes said he will likely step down in three to five years after the Farmington conglomerate absorbs aerospace manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc., Bloomberg News reported.

But UTC said his remarks were misinterpreted and he intends to stay on the job "for years to come."

Bloomberg reported that Hayes said in an interview he has discussed a plan with the board to leave after the two companies are integrated, which could take about three years.

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Kidde Recalls 500K Smoke Alarms
(Photo: United Technologies)

By Nathan Bomey

Fire safety product maker Kidde is recalling nearly 500,000 smoke alarms that could be faulty.

The company issued a recall for about 452,000 alarms in the U.S. and 40,000 in Canada after discovering that a yellow cap potentially left on during production could cover a sensor and prevent it from detecting smoke.

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UTC and Honeywell Win Telemarketing Lawsuit
The decision dismissed UTC and Honeywell from multidistrict litigation (MDL) containing 30 telemarketing cases.

By Rodney Bosch
Security Sales & Integration

Multidistrict lawsuits sought to hold both companies vicariously liable for calls made by other companies that were attempting to sell home monitoring systems made by UTC and Honeywell.

CLARKSBURG, Va. -- UTC Fire & Security Americas and Honeywell have defeated class-action litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The litigation sought to hold both companies vicariously liable for telemarketing calls made by security dealers that attempted to sell alarm systems made by UTC and Honeywell.

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shipWhen to Replace Your Ship's Halon System

By Jake DesVergers, Rules of the Road
The Triton

Every vessel on the water, from the smallest runabout to the largest tanker, has some type of fire-extinguishing system on board. It may be a portable extinguisher, rolling foam applicator, or a major water sprinkler system. Many ships and yachts, especially those built in the 1980s and 1990s, use the fire-extinguishing medium halon.

Halon is a liquefied, compressed gas.  It leaves no residue and is remarkably safe for human exposure. Halon is rated for class "B" (flammable liquids) and "C" (electrical fires), but it is also effective on class "A" (common combustibles) fires. It has low toxicity, chemically stable compounds that, as long as they remain contained in cylinders, are recyclable.

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vehicleCauses of and Solutions for Vehicle Fires

By Steve Banner
Transport Engineer

Traffic reports of delays caused by lorry fires on the motorway do not occur all that frequently. However, they are regular enough to prompt questions as to why such conflagrations break out, given that safety and compliance should be at the top of every operator's agenda.

A lack of attention to basic engine bay maintenance is often likely to be the cause, contends Malcolm Dodds, head of technical services at the Road Haulage Association.

"Technicians should be looking for signs of oil and fuel leaks," he says. If they seep on to hot areas of the engine then a fire may start. Cables may have worked loose or become frayed, causing an electrical short which may be a cause of ignition. So technicians should ensure that cables are clipped into position and wires are not exposed, Dodds advises.

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