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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is to provide leadership, coordination and support for the Nation's fire prevention and control, fire training and education, and emergency medical services activities. USAF's priorities and responsibilities include reducing fire deaths, injuries, and property losses in partnership with State and local fire communities, developing and delivering training programs for the fire service and allied personnel that help them better protect their local communities, assisting State and local governments in their efforts to prevent and control fire-related incidents, especially arson, enhancing the capability of the fire service to respond to all types of emergencies, including emergency medical and hazardous materials incidents and wildland fires, promoting firefighter health, safety, and efficiency and reducing firefighter deaths, nitiating research and evaluation procedures to improve fire prevention and protection nationwide, and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating fire data to identify national and local trends.

Review Date: June 13, 2011

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National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international nonprofit organization that was established in 1896. The company’s mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. With a membership that includes more than 75,000 individuals from nearly 100 nations NFPA is the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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