The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has published a report documenting the outcomes of a workshop held in late 2012 “to explore how changing building construction methods, materials and building contents are affecting the way fires grow and develop in today’s homes.”
The expected outcomes, as stated by USFA, of the workshop were to:
• Enhance the awareness of fire service and life safety officials of the changing and emerging fire and products of combustion risks to residential building occupants;
• Produce a document that clearly identifies contributing factors to the marked increase in the speed of fire spread experienced in interior residential fires;
• Identify potential solutions to mitigate if not prevent those risks; and
• Determine which organizations or agencies are interested in further studying and ultimately developing implementation strategies.
The program focused on “emerging changes in home design, construction and contents and their potential impacts on occupant and firefighter safety,” and the development of firefighting tactics in response to these changes.
USFA adds; “The overall goal of the program was to share our new understanding of these effects, gained through a recent body of research funded by the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, and to consider how we should respond as a community.”
Read the workshop report and its recommendations; which include the need to "improve support to implementation of residential sprinklers..."