New House Fire Hazard: Exploding Attic Stairs

By Chris Kear and Jerry Knapp This article aims to make firefighters aware of a new hazard found in residential fires and suggests possible tactical changes to minimize this new threat to firefighter safety. Modern house fires seem to be getting more and more dangerous and surprising every day. New construction materials and methods, modular construction, and increasingly flammable building materials will require changes to our traditional search, rescue, and ventilation strategies at residential fires. The new threat to firefighters’ lives and safety is the widespread residential use of gas springs or, as they are known to us, struts. Struts make home furnishing easy to open or close saf...

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