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    Smoke Particles

    Through UL’s Smoke Characterization Study, we uncovered the unique dangers to firefighters’ lungs from ultrafine particles. This has led to firefighters wearing their protective masks and breathing equipment longer at the scene of a fire, thus better protecting their lungs from these harmful particles.

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    Modern Fire's

    A house fire can become uncontrollable in less than 3 minutes. Recent trends like open floor plans and new furnishings (like comfy, overstuffed couches) mean that modern fires burn hotter and faster than ever before. UL’s research has helped firefighters develop new techniques to fight modern fires and save more lives.

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    Personal Protective Equipment

    From the helmets on their heads to the boots on their feet, emergency responders rely on their training and personal protective equipment for protection. Many of the products they wear have been certified by UL, confirming they meet stringent safety and performance requirements, guarding against hazardous situations.

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    Hoses and Hydrants

    For over a century, UL has helped fire departments get water to a fire safely and effectively. Our team of UL toxicologists, engineers and chemists specialize in safety compliance for hundreds of plumbing and water products– including fire department connection devices, hoses and hydrants.

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    UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute

    UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to limit injuries and deaths among their peers and in the communities they serve. FSRI executes full-scale experiments that help firefighters understand and anticipate new and dangerous situations.

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