UL, Phoenix Fire Dept. to Host Residential Fire Safety Symposium

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—In an effort to educate people on residential fire safety, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Phoenix Fire Department will host a symposium Dec. 2-3 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, featuring various authorities within the residential building industry.

Titled “Designing Fire Safety into Residential Construction: Perspectives, Ideas and Trends,” the seminar will be available to the public through UL University registration.

“UL has created this event to act as an inclusive and attractive platform to encourage builders, architects, fire service, realtors, insurers and others to gather and learn together the various perspectives on residential fire safety,” says UL’s Chris Hasbrook, global vice president for Building Materials and Life Safety & Security.

Guest speakers will lead discussions on a number of topics, including:

  • the latest research information on building materials and how they perform under fire conditions
  • homebuilders’ perspective on the impact of residential fire safety codes in these challenging economic times
  • realtors’ perspective when working to sell and market homes with residential fire safety protection features
  • First responders who must contend with evermore threatening fires in residential homes

In addition, Volvo Cars of North America will discuss how to effectively using safety as a brand-building tool.

“We are encouraging participation by all parties involved in residential fire safety, especially homebuilders, contractors, interior designers and architects,” says Hasbrook. “We want to engage these professionals in discussions in Phoenix and in the months and years beyond so that innovation will lead the way to cost-effective, permanent solutions to difficult residential fire safety issues.”

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