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The Code Authority® Newsletter 2023 | Issue 2

The Code Authority® newsletter provides timely updates from UL Solutions on topics of interest to code authorities responsible for increasing the safety of the built environment. Explore this issue’s articles on news and trends that will share UL Solutions experts’ insights.

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November 29, 2023

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Mitigating Clothes Dryer Fires

According to USFA, every year, clothes dryer fires account for over $100 million in property losses. A majority of dryer fires occur as a result of highly combustible lint getting caught in the dryer’s vent and becoming heated to the point of ignition.

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UL Standards Update: Safety for Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Part 2-40

The fourth edition of this Standard was published on Dec. 15, 2022 and includes several new updates.

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UL 325 50th Anniversary & Key Safety Issues

CAN/UL 325 helps mitigate the risks related to electric operators for doors, draperies, gates, louvers, windows, exterior awnings and other opening and closing appliances.

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UL Solutions Launches Alarm Validation Scoring Certification

UL Solutions now offers a new service that assists monitoring centers and public safety professionals with a validation program for Call for Service prioritization based on the requirements in TMA AVS-01.

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Wire Connectors Used for Splicing or Tapping Conductors on the Line Side of the Service

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, National Electrical Code® (NEC®) 230.46 requires wire connectors used for splicing or tapping conductors on the line side of service equipment to be certified (listed) as suitable for this use.

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New Applications for Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are not a new technology, but there has been a trend of new and increased applications for advances for this technology coming from two main drivers.

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The Code Authority Q&A: Fireblocking

Fireblocking is an approved material used to protect against fire spread in combustible concealed spaces.

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UL Solutions ERCES Certificate Program

Helping code authorities, system contractors and facilities managers understand and quantify protection.

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New Safety Measures for Hydrogen Fuel Dispensing Systems

Hydrogen stations differ from traditional gasoline and diesel filling stations and require new safety measures.

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Hydrogen Technologies in Refueling Station Facilities

Hydrogen is already being used as a fuel for vehicles, but there are many aspects to consider when determining the energy source’s environmental impacts.

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The Influence of Recessed Luminaires in Fire Resistive Assemblies

This article describes three different scenarios where recessed luminaires can be properly installed within a fire resistance-rated assembly in accordance with the UL Solutions designs.

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Bruce Johnson, managing editor

Bruce Johnson is the managing editor of The Code Authority® newsletter. For further information or questions, please contact UL Solutions.