Contribution of textiles to the perils of smoke in fires

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Home Economics Journal
ISSN0008-3763
Volume35
Issue1
Pages3134; # of pages: 4
Subjectfire hazards; smoke; fabrics; fire tests; vision loss, panic, irritation and toxic damage effects; smoke generating propensity; smoke maturation; Smoke management; risque d'incendie; fumee; textile; essai au feu
AbstractSmoke generated by textiles has a large potential for harm in fires and is implicated in hundreds of deaths annually in Canada. It can cause loss of vision, panic, irritation, and toxic damage. The smoke-generating propensity of textiles can be measured in small scale tests but it is not directly related to the potential for harm. The amount of smoke generated by the combustion of a textile in a real fire, the smoke potential, can be estimated, but the phenomenon of smoke maturation has yet to be addressed. Materials in textile form present several problems for smoke assessment in addition to those presented by materials in non-textile form.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierDBR-P-1268
NRC number24252
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NPARC number20377176
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Record identifierc1192cb2-6eca-42bd-9eff-7cf8cdcb543e
Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-05-09
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