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Fire Protection in Cold Storage Occupancies

It is often assumed that fire risk in cold storage is less hazardous then in heated storage situations. While ambient temperature in cold storage is a factor in both ease of ignition and fire growth, fire losses in cold storage can be significant due to a host of factors including highly combustible insulation, lack of effective fire protection systems and other factors such as delayed notification of a fire and delayed fire service access.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 17:00
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RESCHEDULED - Fire Deaths in Single-Family Homes – New Research Studying Fuel Volatility and Ventilation

Most fire deaths occur in residential buildings, specifically in single-family homes. The increased airtightness correlating to energy efficiency in these buildings could be changing the way fires develop, potentially impacting the safety of occupants and responding firefighters. This presentation will outline research currently underway at the University of Waterloo on fire and smoke spread relative to fuel volatility and ventilation.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 17:30
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Fire Deaths in Single-Family Homes – New Research Studying Fuel Volatility and Ventilation

Most fire deaths occur in residential buildings, specifically in single-family homes. The increased airtightness correlating to energy efficiency in these buildings could be changing the way fires develop, potentially impacting the safety of occupants and responding firefighters. This presentation will outline research currently underway at the University of Waterloo on fire and smoke spread relative to fuel volatility and ventilation.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 17:00
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Assessment of Industrial fire risks/mitigation measures

IndustrialThe assessment of industrial fire and associated risks for the purpose of underwriting insurance and mitigating fire risks has a history going back to the middle of the 1800s.

Ongoing research into fire risk, floods windstorm and other require considerations of reliability and resilience have to be taken into account.

Start date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 17:30
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Structural fire engineering: A ‘First Principles’ Approach

The concept of fire resistance developed as result of historical fires such as the great fire of London in 1666. In the aftermath of the fire the use of non-combustible materials, fire walls, parapets and other means of controlling fire spread were introduced.

 The assessment of fire resistance in the last century or so has relied on the time temperature curve which varies relatively slightly between various international standards: such as CAN ULC S-101 in this country.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 17:30
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