A pilot survey of fire loads in Canadian homes

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20377729
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report (National Research Council Canada. Institute for Research in Construction); no. RR-159
Physical description24 p.
Subjectsurvey, fire loads, Canadian homes; Fire
AbstractThis report presents the results of a pilot survey of combustible items in residential living rooms located on the main floor and basement levels. The survey was conducted using a web-based questionnaire. The main objective of the survey was to determine the types of movable fire loads found in living rooms situated on the main floor and basement levels. The survey attracted 74 respondents. The efficacy of the survey methodology is discussed, and the main combustible furniture is identified. The types of furniture on the main floor and in basement living rooms were found to be similar, but basements contained a greater variety of furniture. The values of fire load densities calculated using estimated weights of furniture were within the range of values found in the literature.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC numberNRC-IRC-16152
NPARC number20377729
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Record identifierceaa619c-9976-4591-9371-9f5e5319fccc
Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2017-06-15
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