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    Karen Nelson was eyewitness to a hi-rise fire where multiple fatalities resulted from
    smoke, panic and irrational decisions - far from the danger of flames.  Those who stayed
    inside survived. Astonished at the low level of personal safety preparedness, a search
    began for a protective device - easy to transport and utilize.  
    No Smoke/Escape filter device, appropriate for untrained civilians, was then available.

    Several portable smoke hoods enter the market.
    Nelson accepts a position with Morton International, sole U.S. Distributor of the
    Dräger Smoke Hood.  With the help of Houston Fire Chief Eddie Corral, tested and began
    to represent, the superior product by Dräger, continuing to research, test and demonstrate
    negative pressure respirators with public safety in mind.  Several demonstrations aired as
    news nationally.  (See  HFD Intro  )

    The absence of a North American Standard regulating Escape/Smoke hoods
    continued to allow deceptive sales practices, to the peril of consumers.

    Resolution 92-2 marked the beginning of change to benefit untrained civilians.  The
    International Association of Fire Chiefs declared Carbon Monoxide (CO) to be the
    most dangerous component in fire smoke.  Hoods with no CO defense and
    misleading claims, illegal elsewhere, remained on US market.


    First World Trade Center attack. The reality of individual risk is experienced nationwide.


    CNBC Steals & Deals, Janice Lieberman.  Morton and Nelson participated in televised
    test, contributing to CNBC Smoke Hood expose’. (See CNBC Test )

    Washington DC / Nelson attends initial meetings for Escape Respirator Standard
    legislation.  Minimal press as well as public disinterest stalled legislative process.


    9/11 Disaster underscores our continued national vulnerability.

    Nelson and Phoenix representatives test the Phoenix Protective Hood in lethal fire/smoke
    training chamber, Nassau County, NY, administered by NY Fire John Chief Brown.
    (See Test 2002  )

    SafetyMatters, K. Nelson owner, becomes US Agent for the Phoenix Protective Hood.
    Among repeat clients, Major Automotive Company, Award-winning Recording Artists.

    Pittsburgh, PA . NIOSH / NPPTL re-open meetings to establish a National Standard for
    negative pressure respirators.   Manufacturer, Phoenix Technologies, is a Member of
    ISEA.        Nelson attends all discussions.

    Russian government issues contracts to purchase Phoenix hoods. Phoenix suspends
    marketing in the United States until facilities can be expanded and current orders filled.
Karen Nelson and Frances Morton are eternally grateful to
all the Fire Chiefs across the States and the years,
who  furthered the cause for  civilian personal protection,
by agreeing to administer  tests and demonstrations of equipment in genuine smoke conditions.  

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