International Association of Fire Chiefs Board Approves Plan for Reducing Cooking Fires & Associated Injuries by focusing on Temperature Limiting Control

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Pioneering Technology’s Safe-T-element is currently the only product available today that provides “temperature limiting control” on electric coil ranges.

Stovetop Fire

Electric ranges are by far the leading cause of home cooking appliance fires

Pioneering Technology Corp. (TSX-V: PTE; OTC BB: PTEFF), (“Pioneering”), an energy smart product innovation/consumer goods company and North America’s leader in cooking fire prevention technologies, announced today that the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Board of Directors approved the IAFC Fire & Fire Life Safety Task Force’s (FLSS) Report, Positioning Statement and presented their proposed plan for the organization’s stated goal of reducing cooking fires and related injuries.

The IAFC has adopted a position paper on residential range-top fire safety drafted by the FLSS. This position and report help chiefs and other fire safety professionals better respond to inquiries about residential cooking safety and more effectively develop community risk reduction outreach programs.

As detailed in the report, “Protecting Life and Property and Reducing Injuries From Fires Originating on Home Ranges”, home fires and losses dominate the North American fire problem. Fires beginning with cooking appliances account for the largest shares of home structure fires and associated fire injuries in the U.S. and Canada. Electric ranges are by far the leading cause of home cooking appliance fires. The FLSS task group analyzed the characteristics of the home fire problem, assessed the potential of various protection technologies to reduce these fire losses and develop recommendations to reduce these fire losses.

The focus of that plan is on promoting temperature limiting technologies that prevent cooking fires from starting in the first place. The overall conclusions of that report are:

  •     Ignition prevention is the only strategy likely to be effective in preventing home cooking fire injuries.
  •     It is clear that temperature limiting technologies are available that meet all reasonable performance criteria and significantly reduce home cooking fires and the thousands of injuries they cause each year.

Pioneering Technology’s patented Safe-T-element cooking system is the only technology available today that delivers temperature limiting control (“TLC”) on electric coiled stovetops.

The report states that home fires and losses dominate the North American fire problem. Fires beginning with cooking appliances account for the largest share of home structure fires (44%) and associated fire injuries in the United States and Canada. Electric ranges are by far the leading cause of home cooking appliance fires. The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire and Life Safety Section formed a task group to analyze the characteristics of the home fire problem, assess the potential of various protection technologies to reduce these fire losses, and develop recommendations to reduce these fire losses. The report summarizes the task group’s work and action plan that were recently approved by the IAFC’s Board of Directors.    

The IAFC Board committed the organization to take actions to achieve its stated goal, and calls on its fire service members and other stakeholders to join in the efforts. To achieve the goal of reducing home cooking fires and related injuries, the IAFC stated the following objectives:

1.    In recognition of the patterns of these fires and injuries, focus on the pursuit of solutions that prevent range fires from starting in the first place, with a focus on requiring electric ranges to comply with temperature limiting performance criteria that will reduce the possibility of ignition of cooking materials.

2.    Increase awareness that home electric range fires constitute a serious fire safety problem for our citizens and commit the organization to actively work to reduce these fires and related injuries.

3.    Support other solutions that can help mitigate the fire problem, including other engineered solutions, public education efforts, and other innovative approaches that complement the primary focus on ignition prevention.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs has posted the final report on range top fire safety, along with a positioning statement and action plan at the following links. Range top safety report; IAFC position statement.

Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan said, “This is a major milestone in fire prevention. The decision of the IAFC to take the initiative to eliminate the number one cause of household fire in North America is significant. The statistics on cooking fires, unknown to most people, are startling. In addition, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that over 4.7 million cooking fires go unreported each year and the National Fire Protection Association reports that stove top cooking as a percentage of overall household cooking fires has increased steadily from 20% in 1980 to 44% in 2012. Pioneering is very happy to be able to work with organizations like the IAFC to play a significant role in making a difference in people’s lives.”

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC):
The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; our members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for fire and emergency service leaders to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders.

About Pioneering Technology Corporation and the Safe-T-element Cooking System:
Pioneering, based in Mississauga, Ontario is an “Energy Smart” product innovation/consumer goods company and North America’s leader in cooking fire prevention technology. Pioneering engineers and brings to market energy smart solutions for consumer products making them safer, smarter and/or more efficient. Pioneering’s patented and patent pending Safe-T-element® cooking system is engineered to help prevent stove top cooking fires, the number one cause of fire in North America, and to reduce the amount of electricity required to cook. Available on new ranges or as an aftermarket installation, the STE technology is installed on over 90,000 ranges in multi-residential housing (low income, seniors, college/university and military) throughout the world. Pioneering trademarks include Safe-T-element®, Safe-T-Sensor™, Powergrill™, Battery Eliminator®, Powerpak™ and the Hydro-free Furnace Fan™.

For more information contact: Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Pioneering, at (905) 712-2061 ext. 222.
Or visit: http://www.pioneeringtech.com

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of the Company with respect to its performance, business and future events. Such statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly.

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