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Examining Firefighting Tactics under Wind Driven Conditions

Examining Firefighting Tactics under Wind Driven Conditions

Smoke and heat spreading through the corridors and the stairs of a building during a fire can limit building occupants’ ability to escape and can limit firefighters’ ability to rescue them. Changes in the building’s ventilation or presence of an external wind can increase the energy release of the fire. This can also increase the […]

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives In 2009, only 20% of reported fires occurred in one- and two-family homes but these fires caused 70% (2,107) of all civilian fire deaths.  Homes also account for the largest share of civilian fire injuries and direct property damage.  Despite the fact that these figures represent improvement over the last […]