News in Brief: October 2019

Issue 10 and Volume 172.

Fire Industry News
CPSC warns of residential elevator hazard Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), sent a letter dated August 6 to U.S. state governors advising of a “serious hazard” associated with residential elevators—excessive space between the elevator car door/gate and the hoistway or swing door (hoistway door). In some installations, the space between the elevator car door and the hoistway door is large enough to allow children to fit between the closed doors. The elevators are in residential buildings. If a child becomes trapped in the space when the elevator is called to another floor, the child may be dragged inside the hoistway and crushed against the next floor’s sill. The CPSC staff is aware of nine incidents, including five fatalities, involving entrapments between the car door and hoistway door of residential elevators and a sixth where a toddler was trapped beneath the elevator. The current…

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