Overview

UL has conducted hundreds of analytical studies to gain insight into how changing home configurations; increased fuel loads; and new construction, furniture and appliance materials are changing the nature of and the hazards presented by fires. Our work has helped identify a number of new risks, including faster fire propagation, shorter time to flashover, rapid changes in fire dynamics, shorter escape times and shorter structural collapse times. Staying on top of the rapidly evolving fire environment is critical in the pursuit of our goal to keep people and places safe and secure.

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Kerber, S. et al., “Improving Fire Safety by Understanding the Fire Performance of Engineered Floor Systems and Providing the Fire Service with Information for Tactical Decision Making,” 2009 NIST AARA Compilation Report by UL, March 2012.

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“Smoke Alarms and the Modern Residence Fire,” UL White Paper, May 2011.

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“Comparison of Modern and Legacy Home Furnishings,” UL Video, Nov. 2009. 
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