On October 6th, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) formally announced their
intent to request safety standards development for new technologies for electric stove cooktop coil elements which will automatically turn the element off when critical pre-fire conditions are reached.
The announcement was made during a meeting of the foundation's cooking fire mitigation technology research project steering team which, over the past three years, has guided research at the foundation in support of this goal. The steering team participants include representatives from AHAM, the consumer product safety commission, State Farm insurance, vision 20/20 and the national institute off standards and technology who have sponsored the foundation's work over the past three years. Each of these organizations has conducted research of their own on this topic and contributed important guidance to the foundation's effort and this result. Results of the Foundation's most recent research, conducted by Hughes Associates and Primaira, can be found on our website.
The team is committed to continuing working together toward our shared goal of reducing cooking fire loss, which represents the lion share of fire injury and property loss in the U.S.