Executive Director of the National Association of Fire Marshals, Jim Narva, Changes Direction

In a move that is long overdue, the Executive Director of the NASFM, Jim Narva, is now to be commended for lending his support and the support of the NASFM in favor of the decision made by the City Council of Lubbock to adopt an Ordinance designed to make safe the citizens of Lubbock, Texas.

In a 6-0 vote the Lubbock City Council during its May 12, 2016 meeting voted to adopt an Ordinance that would require manufacturers of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST), namely Omega Flex, Inc., a long-time opponent of any municipality seeking to adopt higher standards designed to make homeowners across the country safe from lightning-induced CSST failures, to meet a performance standard that exceeds the minimum standard adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). “The adoption by the City Council of Lubbock is all about raising the bar for manufacturers and to require them to design and sell only those products that meet or exceed the higher standards and are deemed safe”, commented N. Scott Carpenter, an attorney who has been prosecuting lawsuits against CSST manufacturers since 2004.

“It is absurd for a manufacturer to place greed and profits ahead of safety, and for any manufacturer that is not behind the change in Lubbock well, let’s just say that they are more interested in making a buck than they are about citizen safety”, added Carpenter.

Mr. Narva has for a long time been an advocate for the CSST manufacturers. He, the NASFM and others, have sponsored and co-opted with the CSST manufacturers a National CSST Safety Campaign designed to educate the public about the need to bond and ground the yellow-jacketed CSST that continues to be sold in the United States. “The campaign has not gone far enough to warn consumers about the dangers of CSST”, says Carpenter. “Not only that, but the manufacturers’ safety campaign was launched without first validating whether bonding and grounding actually eliminates lightning-induced failures of the yellow-jacketed CSST products, which it does not.” “One solution Carpenter is working on is to encourage the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to finally step in and to issue a Recall of all yellow-jacketed CSST products”, says Carpenter.

Comments in support of the proposal for a local code change to increase the electrical arcing performance requirement for CSST/flexible gas piping in Lubbock, Texas

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