Fire testing is critical in determining fire causation and fire spread. The common example is that a butane lighter can ignite wood shavings but can’t ignite a 2 x4. This is the same fuel, but in a different configuration. Fire tests can show whether or not a potential ignition source can start the incident.
Fire tests also show how fast or rapidly a fire can spread, and the amounts and types of toxic products of combustion that are generated. This may be critical in a personal injury matter.
To conduct fire testing the actual construction of the materials is used. Small scale tests can be single appliances or a potential ignition source and the first fuel ignited.
These tests must be done despite the flammability ratings, as material flammability standards are often misunderstood and are based on test specific measurements, not taking into account real world configurations.
The large scale tests are conducted within an accredited fire testing facility. These large scale tests can be entire vehicles, single rooms or compartments or even the entire floor of a home. They are conducted under a 16MW hood with air temperatures, thermal radiation, smoke production, thermography and video are all captured to provide a clear record of the fire test.
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