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At UL, we are deeply experienced in examining the risks inherent in the proliferation of new technologies. We have seen how electrical failures and malfunctions have become significant contributors to the ignition of fires in homes and other structures. We also understand that the impact of structure fires on electrical equipment, such as PV panels, creates significant health and safety risks for both residents and firefighters. We are conducting experiments, developing computer models and analyzing field data to quantify the risks posed by electrical fires, inform code, develop new firefighter tactics and help shape standards.

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