Small Fire Can Soon Fill Room, NBS Tests Indicate

Issue 11 and Volume 128.

Small Fire Can Soon Fill Room, NBS Tests Indicate A fire that starts in a chair or wastebasket can go out of control in six to nine minutes, a report on the results of 20 room corner test fires states. The report was written by Jin B. Fang of the Center for Fire Research of the Institute for Applied Technology in the National Bureau of Standards and the tests were sponsored by both the NBS and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A total of 20 corner tests were made in a 9½ X 10 1/2-foot burn room with a 7.9-foot ceiling. The only opening in the room was a single door, 35 inches wide and 80 inches high. In each test, either a small or large wood crib was ignited to provide the initial fire. The wall materials included particle board, fire plywood, Lauan plywood, gypsum board, melamine…

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