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Fight fire with furniture

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 in Decay, Furniture, Manufacturing, New York

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While fires continue to burn and uncontrollably destroy homes in Colorado, the FDNY is preparing to do some controlled burning on New York’s Governor’s Island. According to a New York Times article, the FDNY is conducting burning tests to experiment with venting techniques in an effort to combat accelerated home burning times that the article, and presumably the FDNY, attribute to changes in the materials and flammability of materials used to make furniture today. It’s fascinating to read the complex consequences of the changes in how we make our stuff, but it frustrates me that in an article documenting radical changes to fighting fire caused by our new types of stuff, there is no mention of changing our stuff.

(I by no means wish to undermine what I am certain are some diligent and sincere efforts somewhere to make products less flammable, and I would like to learn about them…)

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