Smoke, Gas Death Studies Planned by 3 Universities

Issue 2 and Volume 128.

Smoke, Gas Death Studies Planned by 3 Universities Features Studies aimed at reducing the vast majority of building fire fatalities which are caused by smoke and combustion gases rather than bums are being funded by three grants totaling $328,000 from the National Bureau of Standards. The grants have been awarded by the NBS Programmatic Center for Fire Research to Johns Hopkins University and the Universities of Pittsburgh and Utah. They are: $116,000 to Johns Hopkins University for a study by its Applied Physics Laboratory to obtain reliable, indepth information on the detailed causes of death of fire victims, particularly those due to smoke inhalation. $137,000 to the University of Pittsburgh for research on the evaluation of toxicological effects of smoke and vapors from a variety of burning plastics. $75,000 to the University of Utah for evaluation of the smoke hazards of Fire-retardant plastics commonly used in buildings and furnishings. When…

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