Suburban Firefighting: UL Study on Ventilation and Fire Behavior

By Jerry KnappIn December 2010, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), under the direction of Steve Kerber, published a study entitled “Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction.” The results of this study should cause you to consider changes in the way you approach the most dangerous fires we face: house fires. In this short column, we cannot even scratch the surface of this ground-breaking report, nor can we explore in detail the supporting data it contains. I urge you to go to the UL Web site and spend some time exploring this valuable research project. What we will do in this column is introduce this report to you so you can consid...

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