Fire detection and suppression studies at Kemano Village

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ConferenceSixth Fire Suppression & Detection Research Application Symposium: 23 January 2002, Tampa, FL
Pages112; # of pages: 12
Subjectplastic sprinkler, fire testing, Kemano, smoke alarm/detector, heat detector, CO detector; Sprinklers
AbstractKemano, British Columbia, was a company town built 50 years ago by Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd. to support its hydroelectric station. When the station became essentially automated, making the town obsolete, an idea was born. The deserted town was donated to British Columbia's fire services for training and research, which has been known as the Kemano Public Safety Initiative (KPSI). In addition to becoming a proving ground for firefighting, abandoned houses filled with donated furniture and props made an ideal, full-scale experimental site. Using this unique opportunity, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) completed two series of fire experiments at the Kemano Village: one to study the response of smoke detectors in houses, and the other to evaluate the performance of a cross-linked-polyethylene (PEX-a) pipe sprinkler system. The sprinkler project is now complete and the results of the experiments are presentedin this paper. NRC researchers are still analyzing the experimental data produced from the smoke detector tests. This paper includes an overview of the smoke detector project.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number45335
NPARC number20386239
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