Conditions Permitting the Transport of High Concentrations of Carbon Monoxide in Building Fires.
Conditions Permitting the Transport of High
Concentrations of Carbon Monoxide in Building Fires.
Lattimer, B. Y.; Vandsburger, U.; Roby, R. J.
NISTIR 5904; October 1996.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
October 28-31, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, 121-122 pp, 1996.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-153514
fire research; fire science; carbon monoxide; building
fires; smoke inhalation; toxic gases
The percentage of deaths due to smoke inhalation (mainly
from carbon monoxide poisoning) has risen 1% ever year
since 1980, and was responsible for 76% of the deaths in
1990. Two-thirds of the smoke inhalation victims in
building fires are found at locations distant from the
burning room. The research over the past year at VPI
and SU has focused on determining the phenomena
responsible for the transport of high levels of CO in
building fires, specifically, investigating the
transport of these toxic gases away from a room on the
side of a hallway.