New construction homes have many advantages. But they also present unique fire hazards that result from unprotected lightweight construction, popular open design and certain energy-efficiency features. Combine these with typical contents, such as electronics and synthetic furnishings, and you have the makings of fast and deadly flashover.
This video includes interviews with experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). They’ve conducted fire tests and research showing why fires in new single-family homes are more dangerous and how fire sprinklers protect occupants and firefighters.
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