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The New Science of Fire Safety

New safety challenges call for innovative thinking! UL is doing some pioneering work to ensure responses to fire safety moves with the times. But how exactly has fire safety changed in recent decades?

  • Fires today burn 8 times faster than they did 50 years ago.
  • Homes are easier to build and maintain but these advancements are coupled with new risks: e.g. better sealed buildings exacerbate the immediate impacts of a fire and synthetic materials used in buildings are often more flammable.
  • Fire increase from 250-1,500 degrees 2 times faster than they did before.
  • Smoke is more difficult to detect and more hazardous to our health.