This demonstration highlights the changes furnishings have had on flashover times.
UL FSRI is examining the impact of vertical ventilation (through the roof), both naturally induced and as a firefighting tactic, on fire growth behavior in residential structures.
UL partnered with the Chicago Fire Department and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to further investigate the causal relationship between sub-micron smoke particles and the risk of cardiovascular problems.
UL examined concerns of photovoltaic (PV) systems and potential impacts on firefighting operations.
UL has partnered with NIST, FDNY, and GIPEC to conduct townhouse fire experiments to advance firefighter safety.
UL examined fire service ventilation practices and the impact changes in modern home geometries have had upon fire behavior.
The main objective of this project was to improve firefighter safety by increasing the level of knowledge on the fire response to basement fires.
UL, in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department, Michigan State University, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, completed a fire research study to understand firefighters hazards posed by the use of lightweight construction of wood trusses and engineered lumber in roof and floor designs.
UL FSRI is leading a 2-year study to examine fire service attic fire mitigation tactics and the hazards posed to firefighter safety by the changing modern residential fire environment and construction practices.
This study will examine the use of PPV during fire attack in modern home geometries and will serve as a comparison to the two previous studies on horizontal and vertical ventilation tactics used by the fire service across the country every day. This project will address the concerns the firefighter community has expressed and provide a baseline for choosing the most appropriate type or types of ventilation on the fire ground. The results and conclusions of this project will be used to improve firefighting tactics, fireground safety and fire dynamics knowledge.