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Furniture Mock-Up Performance Under California Technical Bulletin 133 Test Conditions.


pdf icon Furniture Mock-Up Performance Under California Technical Bulletin 133 Test Conditions. (154 K)
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.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-104964

Keywords:

fire research; furniture; upholstered furniture; chairs; mattresses; public buildings; fire tests; codes; California Technical Bulletin 133

Abstract:

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 resulting fire.