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Extech Recalls Digital Clamp Meters Due to Electrocution Hazard (Multiple Models)

May 30, 2017

The meters can fail to give an accurate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is low or off, posing an electrocution hazard. Extech received two reports of clamp meters displaying an incorrect voltage reading. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled digital clamp meters and contact Extech for a free replacement meter. The models include: EX650 and 655 MA160 MA61 MA63 These models are all AC/DC clamp meters, which are electrical testing devices that measure AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, temperature, continuity, and diode. Serial numbers in the following format are included in the recall: R15XXXXXXX to R17XXXXXXX. Only serial numbers in this range are included in the recall. The “EXTECH” logo and the model number are printed on the front of the unit and the serial number on the back. The digital clamp meters are green and orange. Link to DOE Article Link to Consumer Products Safety Commissions (CSPC) Article      

DJL Portable Cabinet Luminaire Poses Shock Hazard

January 5, 2017

Intertek posts Public Notice warning users of select ETL listed portable cabinet light potential shock hazard. Recommends users return products listed to manufacturer, DJL electric devices. Click Here for details. The complex has had an issue with this light as well. If you have a light with the same model number listed, notify your divisional Electrical Safety Advocate or Electrical Safety Officer listed on the Lab’s Electrical Safety Website (Contact Us).

Operating Experience Level 3 – Frequent Hazardous Electrical Energy Related Events

September 8, 2016

OE-3 ImageThis Operating Experience Level 3 (OE-3) document provides information about a safety concern related to frequent hazardous electrical energy events during work at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. In the first 5 months of 2016, three dozen hazardous electrical energy events were reported to the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS), with some sites indicating that additional hazardous electrical energy events were entered into site systems because they were considered “sub-ORPS.” Most of the reports (32 of 36, or 88%) indicated that no corrective actions (CAs) had been assigned.…read more

May is Electrical Safety Month at DOE

May 2, 2016

The electrical industry established May as National Electrical Safety Month many years ago, and, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), May is the time to begin year-round electrical safety awareness efforts. This year, the Department of Energy (DOE), through the efforts of the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), is planning to participate by focusing on "Look Alike Equipment" throughout the month.…read more

Faulty Vornado Space Heater Recall and Space Heater Safety

February 4, 2016

Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory: On Thursday, January 7th, 2016 a Vornado Type 110 space heater at LANL failed and completely melted. This was a listed device and other Vornado models are thought to be safe. Vornado has issued a recall on all Type 110 heaters manufactured in 2013. The year of manufacture is printed on the equipment label as shown in the picture attached. For recalls on other space heaters, visit the CPSC webpage here. Reminder on Space Heater Safety: Assure that the space heater is listed by UL, TUV, ETL, or CSA (see label on bottom or side). Always plug heater directly into facility receptacle, never into extension cords or relocatable power taps. Make sure the plug is not loose in the outlet. Read and follow all manufacturer’s warnings on cord label and/or in manual. If heater power cord or wall receptacle feels hot to the touch, discontinue use. Unplug heater when no in use. Avoid leaving heater running when unattended, in offices. Place heater out of traffic and on a level, flat surface (carpet is ok). Avoid placing heaters on furniture or countertops. Keep front of heater 3 feet away from combustibles. Do not operate damaged heater, if dropped, or with a damaged cord. Do not run heater cord under carpet. Place cord out of foot traffic. Do not use two heaters on the same circuit (e.g., in the same office area). If a breaker trips in your area, contact your facility contact person. NOTE: there is no need to test tiltover action. If it is listed and not recalled, it is ok. The fan may stay on, when turned face down, that is proper on certain settings. See more information on space heater safety requirements at LBNL in PUB-3000 Chapter 12, Fire Prevention and Protection, WP I, Use of Portable Heating Devices.

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