Fire Safety

Unintentional injuries and deaths related to fire incidents are among the greatest threats to human life and well-being. Education is a critical part of creating fire safe spaces and communities. Globally, UL has a long tradition of producing scientifically rigorous research, implementing research driven programs and developing innovative experiments, while advancing the understanding of fire safety. Education, outreach, and training are central to this work as it is part of UL’s core mission.

Why

Fire Safety?

From youth programs to professional training, our history in the field of fire safety education is long and diverse. Regardless of the audience, our approach is to leverage the top minds in the fire science, engineering, and safety research fields, and transform their knowledge and expertise into science-driven education programs. Through this process, relevant and meaningful resources are created, based on sound science and engineering practices. As examples: Safety Smart: About Fire! developed in partnership with Disney Publishing Worldwide; and Xplorlabs – Fire Forensics: Claims & Evidence – is a module that was created in collaboration with UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI).

Core programs related to fire safety have a global reach with locally specific content.

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Safety Smart Training Portal

Welcome to the online training portal for the global Safety Smart program. As an approved …

Welcome to the online training portal for the global Safety Smart program. As an approved Safety Smart Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to share reassuring, clear, and confidence-building messages that will help children to live a better life. To gain access to the online portal, please email TeamEducation@ul.com for a link and exclusive access code. Thank you!”

Wild About Safety with Timon & Pumbaa: Safety Smart® About Fire!

Timon and Pumbaa teach children what to do in case of a fire emergency in …

Timon and Pumbaa teach children what to do in case of a fire emergency in their home. Key Safety Concepts: fire triangle, smoke alarms, fire escape plans “Get down, get out and stay out!” That is just one of the lessons Timon and Pumbaa share to help students understand what to do in a fire emergency. From smoke alarms, fire escape plans and taking preventative measures (such as not playing with matches), Timon and Pumbaa review their Safety Smart® Checklist full of valuable and life-saving fire safety information. This is the video presentation page for the Wild About Safety About Fire lesson. This page includes printable guides for Ambassadors, Parents and Educators.

UL Xplorlabs

Solve through Science. Xplorlabs is an online learning platform incorporating modules focused on specific topics …

Solve through Science. Xplorlabs is an online learning platform incorporating modules focused on specific topics relevant to issues in science and engineering and what is relevant to students’ everyday lives. Designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and real-world science and engineering challenges.

UL Xplorlabs, Portable Electrical Power Website

Portable Electrical Power is a virtual module with supporting classroom investigations about the phenomenon of …

Portable Electrical Power is a virtual module with supporting classroom investigations about the phenomenon of thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries using the example of hoverboards. This module is a collection of videos, virtual interactions, experiments and demonstrations, and challenges and supports NGSS in physical science for middle school. The PEP module can be done as a class from start to finish or in pieces between home and school. This module can be used to support content understanding in energy and/or to demonstrate the NGSS science and engineering practices applied to a real-world issue.

UL Xplorlabs, Fire Forensics website

FIre Forensics is a virtual module with supporting classroom investigations about the science of fire …

FIre Forensics is a virtual module with supporting classroom investigations about the science of fire and the process of fire investigation. This module is a collection of videos, virtual interactions, experiments and demonstrations, and challenges and supports NGSS in physical science for middle school. The XplorlabsFire Forensics: Claims and Evidence module supplement lessons on physical science addressing and reinforcing understanding in the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, conservation of energy and energy transfer. Students engage in analyzing and interrupting data, the argument from evidence using Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) as a strategy to explain the results of an investigation.

Energy and Combustion Experiment

In this investigation, students make observations of the timing, behavior, and smoke of different fuels …

In this investigation, students make observations of the timing, behavior, and smoke of different fuels as they burn. Students build a calorimeter to measure the heat of combustion of common household items or food items. If your classroom has the proper ventilation and equipment, directions are provided for building a calorimeter for classroom investigation. For classrooms without materials or without proper ventilation, students can watch the interactive video of our UL Fire Experts in the fire research lab to make observations and measure heat of combustion.

Fire Lab Data Analysis Experiment

Using the data from two burns in the fire science lab, students will make conclusions …

Using the data from two burns in the fire science lab, students will make conclusions about the impact of ventilation on a fire. Students will present their claims based on the evidence presented in the graphs and learn why this skill is critical for both firefighters and the women and men investigating the fire’s origin and cause. This dataset offers an opportunity to practice interpreting real-world data from graphs and communicating a claim based on evidence and reasoning.

Heat Transfer & Ignition Experiment

In this investigation, students make observations about how thermal energy is transferred and how transferred …

In this investigation, students make observations about how thermal energy is transferred and how transferred heat starts fires. Students compare the surface to mass ratio of a block of wood and a toothpick, then compare how easily they ignite. Students then make observations about how different materials ignite and burn. The classroom investigation can be done with materials list provided, or by using the video to make the observations for classrooms that are not allowed to use an open flame.

Fire Triangle Experiment

In this investigation, students use a candle to conduct four experiments to limit one of …

In this investigation, students use a candle to conduct four experiments to limit one of each side of the fire triangle – oxygen, fuel, and heat - building an understanding of the needs of fire. Then, using a metal screen, students look at a candle flame to observe combustion. The classroom investigation can be done with materials list provided, or by using the video to make the observations for classrooms that are not allowed to use an open flame.

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