An Experimental Observation: Countertops and Fire Ignition
Amber Mahan Ph.D; Samantha Carlson; Christian Callahan

This observation was conducted in order to review fire ignition times and temperatures of four different mediums of countertops. The purpose was to review the mediums and fire ignition patterns to suggest a medium for homes as correlated to kitchen related fires. In 2016, there were approximately 1,342,000 fires reported in the United States (Fires in the U.S, n.d.). As a result of these fires, 3,390 were fatalities, 14,650 civilian injuries, and $10.6 billion in property damage (Fires in the U.S, n.d.). One structure fire was reported approximately every 90 seconds. Unattended cooking is the leading factor in accidental home fires. Due to limitations, the significance of medium suggested, is minimum. The findings support use of man-made quarts or organic marble for homes allowing additional time to extinguish the fire or remove all parties to safety, while also allowing additional time for first responders. Further research in the area of forensic fire investigations and countertops is warranted to formulize the findings.

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