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WOOD ROOF INDUSTRY SUPPORTS NEW CALIFORNIA FIRE-RETARDANT ROOFING LAW

WOOD ROOF INDUSTRY SUPPORTS NEW CALIFORNIA FIRE-RETARDANT ROOFING LAW
 Industry Applauds Governor's Signing of Bill That Mandates
 Fire-Retardant Roofing Throughout the State
 BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau announced full support of California Assembly Bill 2131 (O'Connell), which was signed into law today by Gov. Pete Wilson.
 "As an industry, we have recognized the need for fire-retardant roofing requirements to ensure the safety of homeowners in high fire hazard areas of the state of California for many years," said Michael Westfall, president of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau. "This is precisely why we developed the pressure-impregnated, permanently fire-retardant cedar shakes and shingles that meet all state and local fire safety codes."
 "Last year's Oakland fire clearly demonstrated that conditions necessary for disastrous brush fires are not isolated to Southern California," said Phil Favro, former California state fire marshal and industry fire safety consultant. "Therefore, we wholeheartedly support California's leadership in establishing minimum standards for roof fire safety throughout the state.
 "Since 1988, the industry has consistently supported positive fire safe roofing legislation at the state and local levels," explained Favro. "We have supported fire-retardant roofing requirements in the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Santa Barbara.
 "What the industry has opposed, and will continue to in the future, are legislative efforts to outlaw even fire safe, code- complying, pressure-impregnated fire-retardant wood roofing products," Favro said.
 The new bill provides a minimum statewide standard of class C roofing.
 Pressure-impregnated fire-retardant cedar shakes and shingles are the most thoroughly tested roofing materials on the market. They must pass nine rigorous Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) 790 tests developed in accordance with standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ICBO to achieve a fire-retardant rating. To ensure their permanent fire-retardancy, the shakes are retested at one-, two-, three-, five- and 10-year intervals.
 Recent retesting conducted on pressure-impregnated cedar shakes that were installed on a home in Malibu in 1974 have demonstrated that the fire-retardant process is permanent.
 The fire ratings which the materials receive certify that the shakes and shingles will not ignite when burning brands, embers or fiery debris land on the roof surface, and that they will not create any burning debris which could contribute to the spread of a fire.
 The shakes and shingles that meet these stringent test standards are identified by the Certi-Guard label and are the only wood materials permitted on new roofs in many communities throughout California. The Certi-Guard label is proof to the consumer that the shakes and shingles meet all local, state and national standards for fire-retardancy.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Beckley or Teri Tith of Berkhemer Kline Golin/Harris, 213-623-4200, for the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau/ CO: Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau ST: California IN: CST SU: LEG


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