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Ground Broken for New Green Technology and Fire Safety Facilities
Release Date: 03/30/2011

On March 25, 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a groundbreaking ceremony at its Gaithersburg, Md., campus for … more

Fiery Video Shows Moisture is Main Ingredient for a Safe Christmas Tree
Release Date: 12/08/2010

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed … more

New NIST 'Standard Cigarette' Available for Fire-Resistance Testing
Release Date: 09/28/2010

Cigarettes are the most frequent cause of fatalities from residential fires in the United States. So, it might seem surprising to learn that a … more

NIST Residential Fire Study Education Kit Now Available
Release Date: 09/28/2010

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the International Association of Fire Fighters have prepared an … more

Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued April 28
Release Date: 04/27/2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects … more

Smoke Alarms + Sprinklers + Closed Doors = Lives Saved in Dorm Fires
Release Date: 03/30/2010

Experimenting on a university dormitory that was scheduled to be torn down, fire researchers from the National Institute of Standards and … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind … more

Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources
Release Date: 02/10/2009

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on Feb. 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. … more

Carbon Nanofibers Cut Flammability of Upholstered Furniture
Release Date: 12/09/2008

Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

High Rise Fire Fighting—Effective Use of Positive Pressure Ventilation
Release Date: 06/24/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers recently released a two-disk DVD set that demonstrates how Positive Pressure … more

NIST Evaluates Firefighting Tactics In NYC High-Rise Test
Release Date: 03/18/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire protection engineers turned an abandoned New York City (NYC) brick high-rise into a … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: 06/21/2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: 11/22/2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation … more

NIST Software Makes Fire Gear Choice Easier
Release Date: 06/08/2006

Firefighters know that protective "turnout gear" (pants and coats) can save their lives. Yet because there are several different attributes of … more

Fire Panel Changes Offer Real-Time Fire Status Data
Release Date: 02/02/2006

Fire panels, or “annunciators,” are electronic devices that display data on building conditions in one easily accessible location. When used by … more

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