!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019103cfddd2970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019103cfddd2970c-320wi|alt=Family and burning house|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Family and burning house|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019103cfddd2970c!Citing experts who call today’s home construction methods and contents a “fire crisis” NASDAQ.com features an article about new methods of construction, architectural features in new homes and larger square footage are “making it harder and more dangerous for firefighters to safely extinguish house blazes and for occupants to safely escape them.” Fire sprinklers would offset these dangers.
As reported on NASDAQ.com, “the lightweight construction materials are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly, but they allow fires to spread much more rapidly, reducing the time homeowners have to escape a fire -- and the time firefighters have to safely extinguish it.”
The article quotes Russell Fleming, president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association: "It's estimated that most homes built within the past 20 years contain these dangerous lightweight materials, which are designed to carry a greater load with less material by using prefabricated components."
Also included in the report is Underwriters Laboratories’ test of two rooms; one furnished with legacy furniture from the '50s to '70s and one with modern furniture. As seen in the video that follows the legacy furniture room reached flashover in 29.25 minutes; the room with modern furnishings took 3.40 minutes. Flashover is the most dangerous ocurrence in a fire. Everything in the room bursts in flames. No one survives flashover.
Reaching out to consumers with this information is vital. It is so important to bring in all stakeholders into the debate so that consumers are educated on the dangers of new homes when exposed to fire, and counteract an opposition intent on protecting profits over life safety.
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