In this age of high energy costs, the price of heating the house will increase. People will be searching for alternate sources to heat their houses.
Books (e.g., Spontaneous Human Combustion) and TV shows on SHC have given a couple of new meanings to the term heartburn.
Misunderstandings about the nature and content of National Fire Code© NFPA 921 - Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations abound in the fire investigation industry. These "Myths and Mysteries" tend to depreciate the value of the document, especially among those who need its guidance the most. This is caused by failures to understand and appreciate the nature of the NFPA consensus code promulgation system...
Electrical appliances or wiring are often fire cause scapegoats, simply because they're there. It's unusual to find a burned structure without some electrical wire or device in or near the fire origin.
The recent Soda Fire in Napa, the Lower North Fork Fire in Colorado that claimed 3 lives and over 4000 acres and the recent Virginia fires that burned over 7000 acres, are a serious warning that wildfire season has arrived early.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has mandated that most of the incandescent lights currently in use will be phased out by 2014 and replaced with more efficient means of producing light. Many manufacturers have begun producing compact fluorescent and LED lighting to replace the incandescent bulb.
Did you know that January to March has the highest number of home heating fires? The National Fire Protection Association states that heating equipment was involved in 49% of home structure fires resulting in 480 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage in 2009.
In modern fire incident analysis and the litigations that frequently follow from them, it is often of great importance to know whether a particular smoke alarm operated during a fire event. Like so many other issues involving the interpretation of fire analysis data, some scientifically verifiable means of determining if a given smoke alarm had activated properly was needed.
Thermometry is that branch of fire science/physics which studies the science, methodology, technology, instrumentalities, and practice of temperature measurement.
Full-scale research burns into the nature of patterns in compartment fires were conducted at the new fire research facility of Eastern Kentucky University. Key questions to be addressed by the research burns were: