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Did You Know?

New York, Nov 15, 2007

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

NFPA Report on Cooking Fires Urges Caution in the Kitchen
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration, has completed a report intended to reduce the number of cooking fires in the United States.

Entitled Behavioral Mitigation of Cooking Fires Through Strategies Based on Statistical Analysis, the report identifies unattended cooking as the single leading factor contributing to cooking fires, and recommends that the fire service community continue to educate people about safe cooking behaviors.

"Protecting people from fires and preventing fires are central to NFPA’s mission," said James M. Shannon, NFPA president and CEO. "We were especially pleased to partner with USFA on this project because cooking fires wreak havoc on thousands of lives each year – they are the leading cause of fires in the home. What has been learned through this project will further strengthen NFPA’s efforts to minimize cooking fires."

The eighty-four page report and several accompanying educational presentations and videos are currently available for review and download. For more information, visit the NFPA website.

Energy and Climate Change: World Energy Congress Recognizes International Standards as Part of the Solution
At this week’s World Energy Congress in Rome, Italy, more than three thousand industry leaders, regulators, energy conservation agencies, and international organizations came together to discuss energy conservation, energy management, and climate change.

During a special panel session on November 12, 2007, representatives from a host of organizations including the World Energy Council (WEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stressed the important role of International Standards in the search for solutions to the global energy crisis.

In a series of informative presentations, the panelists illustrated how standards are already addressing energy and climate change issues. Representatives from ISO and IEA highlighted their June 2007 paper, “International Standards to develop and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources,” as a key resource to encourage government and industry support of the standards-setting process, and of International Standards in particular.

During the panel session, the WEC, IEA, ISO, and IEC also announced the formation of a strategic partnership to identify priority areas of concern and promote the development of International Standards that meet global energy needs.

For more information about the World Energy Congress panel discussion and strategic partnership, visit ISO’s website.

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