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In Tests of Promising Flame Retardants, Opposites Pair Off—And the Challenger Wins
Release Date: 12/19/2014

In a face-off between two promising flame retardants, the challenger—a nanomaterial that maintains a positive façade while sheltering a negative … more

NIST Tests: Firefighters Portable Radios May Fail at Elevated Temperatures
Release Date: 12/09/2014

New test results* from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to … more

NIST Report and Video Detail Dynamics of Deadly Chicago House Fire
Release Date: 12/02/2014

A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that … more

All-Natural Mixture Yields Promising Fire Retardant
Release Date: 06/03/2014

What sounds like fixings for a wizard’s potion—a dash of clay, a dab of fiber from crab shells, and a dollop of DNA—actually are the ingredients … more

NIST Improves Performance, Capabilities of Its Computer Fire Modeling Tools
Release Date: 05/20/2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists and engineers recently enhanced the capabilities of NIST's computer fire modeling … more

Spartanburg, S.C., Fire Experiments Will Test New Firefighting Tactics
Release Date: 05/13/2014

NIST engineer works with a member of the South Carolina Fire Training Academy staff to conduct a pressure test on one of the instrumented … more

New Online Course Based on NIST Research Highlights Insights on Modern Firefighting
Release Date: 04/22/2014

A new, free, online course offered by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) highlights the tactical application of nearly two … more

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
Release Date: 02/10/2014

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of … more

Layered Security: Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating
Release Date: 01/14/2014

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have … more

New NIST Test for Firefighter Breathing Equipment Goes into Effect Sept. 1
Release Date: 06/25/2013

As of Sept. 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards unless … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of … more

Terracotta and Cement Roofs Vulnerable in Wildfires, NIST Study Finds
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in … more

Landmark NIST Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires
Release Date: 04/17/2013

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in … more

Landmark High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes, Elevator Use
Release Date: 04/10/2013

PHOENIX – When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly … more

'Live Burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training
Release Date: 01/24/2013

Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a 'test burn' of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combatting … more

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