Fire hazards can be greater in today’s homes

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jul 18, 2013

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01901de61534970b-piSmoke Alarm ImageParticipants of the NFPA Conference & Expo last month learned how quickly modern furniture can burn during the education session “Smoke Alarm Codes, Standards, and Listings: An Update from UL.” The session was sponsored by NFPA’s Building Fire Safety Systems Section and the Education Section. During the presentation, which also covered the topics of smoke alarm placement and types of alarms, Ronald Farr, lead regulatory engineer for Underwriters Laboratories, showed video of a UL experiment involving two side-by-side living room fires: one living room had modern furniture, the other, legacy furniture. The modern room transitioned to flashover in 3 minutes and 30 seconds, but the legacy room didn’t transition until 29 minutes and 30 seconds.

Read the full post by Lisa Braxton on NFPA's Safety Source blog.