Hazards from products of combustion and oxygen depletion in occupied spaces

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. CBD-207
ISSN0008-3097
Physical description5 p.
Subjectventilation; confined spaces; toxicity; carbon dioxide; carbon monoxide; Smoke management
AbstractIn a poorly ventilated space the occupants may be exposed to hazardous air conditions of reduced oxygen content or increased carbon dioxide concentration. If unvented fuel- burning appliances are used for heating or cooking there is the possibility of further danger from carbon monoxide poisoning. The effects of these gases in varying quantities upon smokers and non-smokers are enumerated and a method is outlined for the determination of the ventilating requirements for specific quantities of toxic gas production. Results are given of tests of typical unvented camping and boating appliances using a variety of fuels, and these indicate that certain models warrant special ventilation precautions. Guidelines are suggested for users of such equipment to avoid hazardous atmospheres in confined spaces.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Division of Building Research
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Dangers créés par les produits de combustion et l'épuisement de l'air ambiant dans des locaux habités
Peer reviewedNo
NRC numberNRC-IRC-671
NPARC number20329136
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Record identifier79cbd7b2-8e33-4d44-a494-7945662017b0
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2017-04-27
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