February 28, 2022 at 11:10 am #730February 28, 2022 at 2:21 pm #731Dave GModerator
I think this article is a bit sensational.
The article states “Portable generators that are permanently installed in recreational vehicles, typically motorhomes, or boats are outside of CPSC’s jurisdiction”. So no crackdown on those.
The article also links to another article on the CA small engine ban. Nothing in the CPSC report about that.
Browsing the CPSC report which they link, it looks like the CPSC feels the voluntary standard isn’t being followed by the manufacturers which will result it the standard not being voluntary anymore.
CPSC and NIST staff conducted computer simulations of portable generators operating
inside and outside of homes to determine the health effects of CO emitted from the generator
engine’s exhaust. Approximately 140,000 simulations were completed for 37 different house
models and 3 detached garages, with various generator locations and generator sizes in 28
different weather conditions.
The simulations replicated 511 fatalities in CPSC’s databases. Staff’s analysis found that
generators compliant with the PGMA G300 standard would avert nearly 87 percent of the deaths
that occurred with baseline generators, with 55 survivors requiring hospitalization, and 34
survivors seeking medical treatment and then being released. Staff’s analysis also found that
generators compliant with the UL 2201 standard would avert nearly 100 percent of the deaths,
with 3 survivors requiring hospitalization and 22 survivors seeking medical treatment and being
released. Therefore, staff concludes that the CO hazard-mitigation requirements of UL 2201 are
more effective than those of PGMA G300.
Based on staff’s review, currently there does not appear to be wide compliance with either
standard. Given the standards for CO hazard-mitigation were published nearly 4 years ago, staff
is uncertain whether there is likely to be wide compliance with either voluntary standard in the
future. Some manufacturers have informed CPSC staff that they intend to increase compliance
substantially next year.
Staff intends to propose that the Fiscal Year 2023 Operating Plan include delivering a
rulemaking briefing package on portable generators to the Commission”
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