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Document ID (ISN)101911
CIS number 03-840
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2181-2
Year 2003
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 084
Author(s) Ashe B.S.W., Rew P.J.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Effects of flashfires on building occupants
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2003. iv, 56p. Illus. 48 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report analyses the likelihood of secondary ignition of the interior of buildings, based on the incident heat from a fire event and the duration of exposure to the event. It incorporates evacuation behaviour, making an assessment of the proportion of occupants who do not escape from the secondary fire. Due to the lack of data on the evacuation behaviour relating to external fires, case studies are used to estimate particular behaviour patterns. The key finding of this study is the increased probability of fatalities of building occupants due to multi-point ignition events, as compared to that for a single ignition. The model was used to generate typical scenarios.
Descriptors (primary) fire; buildings; fatalities; hazard evaluation; premises
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; case study; report; flammability; mathematical models; ignition energy; human behaviour; escape time; mathematical simulation; ignition temperatures
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Fires
Risk evaluation