Fire safety of soft furnishings - an overview

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Journal titleFire and Materials
Pages1622; # of pages: 7
Subjectfire hazards; fire safety; upholstered furniture; mattresses; fire tests; mathematical analysis; fire risk; ignition resistance to smokers' materials; post-ignition furnishings' performance; Fire
AbstractThe fire risk posed by soft furnishings such as bedding materials and upholstered furniture and the strategies being developed to reduce the number of fire-related casualties are reviewed from a Canadian point of view. Statistics from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom indicate that a substantial reduction in the number of fire deaths would be possible if the ability of assemblies of materials to resist ignition by smokers' materials, such as cigarettes and matches, could be improved. The post- ignition performance of furnishings that results in generation of heat, smoke and toxic gases is also important from a safety point of view. A need exists for both full- scale and small-scale fire tests, and for mathematical modelling for present and future control strategies.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number20751
NPARC number20378956
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Record created2012-07-24
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