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Comparative Fire Performance Tests Using Water and Antifreeze

Explore the results of research into the effectiveness of sprinklers discharging water compared to certain antifreeze solutions used in fire sprinkler systems today.

Fire suppression test for antifreeze solution

According to the PSU Research Review, total loss from global fire hazards accounts for about one percent of the world gross domestic product (GDP), or a staggering $858.9 billion USD. There is a clear need for greater attention to safety, compliance and governance in built environments. Always on the forefront of fire safety, UL applies science to help advance innovation and safety. As a part of this effort, UL fire testing labs conducted comprehensive fire performance testing to compare the effectiveness of sprinklers using water versus antifreeze solutions to combat fires in buildings. Read this white paper to explore the effectiveness of sprinklers discharging water compared to certain antifreeze solutions and how concentrations of antifreeze solutions and the size of the fire impact performance.

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