Residential fire loads and heat release rates of significant first-ignited furnishings

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Conference2009 Annual Meeting - SFPE Professional Development Conference and Exhibition, October 19-24, 2009, Scottsdale AZ, USA
Subjectfire loads; upholstered furniture; mattresses; heat release rate; room calorimeter; design fire; fire hazards
AbstractThis paper focuses on quantifying fire loads and heat release rates of typical residential contents, which are important in characterizing residential fires. Information on fire loads was obtained from a survey of combustible contents in over 500 multi-family dwellings such as semi-detached houses, townhouses, and low-rise apartments. Typical furnishings that constituted a significant portion of the movable fire load were documented and possible values of fire load densities were calculated for rooms such as: kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. ...
LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number21274099
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