Board Message Posted June 2021

If you are a member of NFPA you should attend the virtual voting this summer. We have

been told that there will be efforts to once again remove the statement of “with the approval

of the AHJ” from remote station monitoring in NFPA 72. If this is approved, then an alarm

company could, without your approval, send signals to any receiving stating. If you disagree with

this, it is important that you vote in June. As we receive more information on this, we will, of course,

keep you informed. Also,check with your building officials, they may be NFPA members and would

be able to vote.

Fire Prevention awards. The IFIA would like to recognize your members who have gone above and beyond in doing the job. With this past year, I’m sure there are many. We’d also like to help you recognize citizens or businesses that have supported your education and prevention efforts. If you’d like to nominate someone, check our website. A description of the various awards can be found there. These will be presented in the Fall.


The IFIA has created a “Resources” tab that you might find useful. It is on our main page. In it are several documents that may help you in your job. Many were supplied by local fire departments. There are checklists on food trucks, food vendors, amusement rides, and tent related materials. Feel free to explore those and use these as needed. If you have any good forms, checklists, manuals, etc., that you would be willing to share, send them to our office at and we will include them here.


Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire. See the link in the recalls section for more details.


At a recent committee meeting in Springfield, the move to allow ground-based sparklers failed in committee. These are the devices that when lit, would shoot sparks for five minutes. The move to legalize fireworks has been on on-going issue, and we will need to keep an eye open for any future movements. 

We have been told that the State Fair will go on this August. While no one really knows what things will look like, the Fire Services Association will be having the fire safety tent. The IFIA date to staff it is Sunday, August 22. We can certainly use your help. If you would be willing to come down and offer a couple of hours to help, there would still be time for you to walk around and see the Fair. If you are able to volunteer a few hours, we will provide you will gate and parking passes. The tent is open from 10 – 5.

Please note the blast email, as there is an update from Meredith Hawes, our reginal rep. from NFPA.

If you are in need of a Youth Firesetter Intervention Program Class, one will be held in Bloomington, IL on June 24th and 25th. This link has additional information.


The following are the latest recalls from the Consumer Products Safety Commission:

Kidde Recalls TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire: 

Peloton Recalls Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury:  

Peloton Recalls Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Died and More than 70 Incidents Reported: 


TJX Recalls Infant Sleep Bags Due to Suffocation Risk; Sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Sierra: 


Scott Fetzer Consumer Brands Recalls Multi-Use Water Pumps Due to Fire and Shock Hazards: 


Kolcraft Reannounces Recall of Inclined Sleeper Accessory and Urges Consumers to Act Now to Prevent Risk of Suffocation: 


Signature Hardware Recalls Towel Grab Bars Due to Fall and Injury Hazards: 


TJX Recalls Outdoor Wooden Folding Chairs Due to Fall and Injury Hazards; Sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra: 


K & M International Recalls Slap Watches Due to Coin Cell Battery Ingestion and Choking Hazards: 

Briggs & Stratton Recalls YTL, Longli and TIYA Log Splitters with Briggs & Stratton® Engines Due to Injury Hazard: 

IKEA Recalls Bowls, Plates, and Mugs Due to Burn Hazard: 

Cheyenne Products Recalls Folding Chairs and Barstools Due to Fall Hazard: 

HSN Recalls 5.4 Million Handheld Clothing Steamers Due to Serious Burn Hazard:


Ergobaby Recalls METROUS Strollers Due to Choking Hazard:


JCPenney Recalls Girls Puffer Jackets Due to Entanglement Hazard:


Target Recalls Shower Stools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target:


Trek Recalls Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals Due to Fall and Injury Hazards:



Check the website for the following upcoming events:

June 25 – Basic Fire Alarm Plan review

August 22 – State Fair

Sept – NFPA 921

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