Furniture Mock-Up Performance Under California Technical Bulletin 133 Test Conditions.
Furniture Mock-Up Performance Under California Technical
Bulletin 133 Test Conditions.
Ohlemiller, T. J.; Shields, J. R.
NISTIR 5499; September 1994.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
October 17-20, 1994, Gaithersburg, MD, 119-120 pp, 1994.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-104964
fire research; furniture; upholstered furniture; chairs;
mattresses; public buildings; fire tests; codes;
California Technical Bulletin 133
Fires involving soft furnishings such as upholstered
chairs and mattresses continue to play a prominent role
in U.S. fire losses. This is a multi-faceted problem
that has been addressed, over the years, from several
directions with some significant success. Fire deaths
and injuries involving these products show a substantial
decline over the past 15 years. One of the more recent
developments in this area is the increasing acceptance
of a test protocol (CB 133) developed at the California
Bureau of Home Furnishings, intended for upholstered
chairs utilized in public occupancies (hotels,
hospitals, etc.). The protocol imposes quite
restrictive limits on the response of a char (or
equivalent mock-up) to an arson-like ignition source (an
18 kW gas burner). Of particular interest here is the
rate of heat release response to burner exposure since
this effectively measures the size and threat of the