Did you know properly working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home structure fire in half? In this interesting session, Ronald Farr of UL, discussed updates on the 2012 full-scale residential fire and smoke experiments performed at UL’s fire research and test center in Northbrook, IL. A part of these tests focused on smoke alarm responses in flaming and smoldering fire situations.
One point UL research found is available egress time is significantly reduced when synthetic based furniture is involved in the fire. Ronald also provided an overview of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, how smoke alarms obtain a listing based on UL 217 criteria, basic code requirements, correct placement, and how to prevent nuisance alarms. Additional information can be found in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Free access to NFPA 72.
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- by NFPA's Kim Bianchini