It has been known for decades that people die from inhaling fire gases and that visible smoke presents challenges to people trying to escape from fires in homes, transportation vehicles, and commercial buildings. Within the current decade, there has been an invigorated effort, especially in ISO TC92 SC3, Fire Threat to People and the Environment, to develop a coherent and comprehensive set of fire safety standards and guidance documents for life safety. This paper provides an overview of the broad role of fire effluent (toxic gases, visible smoke, and heat) in affecting life safety. It examines what aspects of fires constitute a risk to survival and what should comprise a set of fire safety standards to contain that risk to a level that a jurisdiction decides is desirable. This paper serves as a philosophical preamble to the 2008 Conference on Hazards of Combustion Products.
Proceedings Title: Hazards of Combustion Products: Toxicity, Opacity, Corrosivity, and Heat Release
Conference Dates: November 10-11, 2008
Conference Location: London, UK
Pub Type: Conferences
fire, fire research, fire standards, smoke, smoke toxicity, TC92