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CBS Boston: Lightweight Beams Can Contribute to House Fires

- Credit: Boston.CBSlocal


After reading a recent report from CBS Boston, we are a bit taken back by news of hazardous building materials that are prevalent in many homes built in the past ten years.

“People have no clue what this lightweight construction means to their safety if there is a fire,” Wisconsin firefighter, Jo Brinkely-Chaudoir said.

These building materials are made of composite wood material and are often used to support floors and roofs. Builders love them because they are strong and cheap, but they have one major flaw: they fail early when exposed to these fires.

So be sure to be cognizant of what building materials your building is made of–stay weary of lightweight engineered I-beams or trusses!

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