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Flammability Reduction Group provides virtual seminar on Reducing the Fire Risk of Residential Upholstered Furniture Fires as part of SFPE Member Series

The “Low Heat Release Upholstered Furniture” project at the Fire Research Division (FRD) of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducts research aimed at helping U.S. industries’ efforts to reduce the fire losses associated with residential upholstered furniture (RUF) fires.

On May 24 at 11 AM EST, Dr. Mauro Zammarano delivered a virtual seminar, "Understanding and Reducing the Fire Risk of Residential Upholstered Furniture Fires,” which highlighted the key outcomes of this research project. Specifically, this presentation discussed research that may help to reduce RUF fire losses by providing:

  1. Methodologies and guidance on non-fire-retardant mitigation strategies;
  2. Standard reference cigarettes and test methodologies used in evaluating the ignition strength of commercial cigarettes and evaluating the cigarette ignition susceptibility of home furnishings, and;
  3. Bench-scale tests that may be used to evaluate the relative effectiveness of non-fire-retardant mitigation strategies.
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Figure 1. Understanding and Reducing the Fire Risk of Residential Upholstered Furniture Fires (Zammarano-SFPE-May24_2021-nocorrelation.pdf ).
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Figure 2. Side by side comparison of RUF fire development, with and without the use of a barrier fabric, in fully-furnished compartments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0U_LuG9K8Q).

This presentation attracted approximately 150 active viewers as part of the SFPE Member Seminar Series. A recording of this talk is available for SFPE members here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0U_LuG9K8Q. A .pdf copy of the presentation slides is available here: Zammarano-SFPE-May24_2021-nocorrelation.pdf.

This presentation highlights the results of ongoing research conducted as part of the Low Heat Release Upholstered Furniture Project.

 

RUF compartment timeline
Graphical representation of time to flashover versus typical response time for three compartment fire experiments with Residential Upholstered Furniture (RUF).​
Credit: Isaac Leventon

Figure 3. Graphical representation of time to flashover versus typical response time for three compartment fire experiments with Residential Upholstered Furniture (RUF).

Released May 24, 2021, Updated June 3, 2021