NFPA 555: Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover

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2013 NFPA 555
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 555

Enhance life safety and property protection using the most current methods for determining flashover risks in NFPA 555.

With the growing application of equivalency concepts and performance-based designs, ensuring fire safety by evaluating the potential for room flashover, or full involvement during a fire, becomes an increasingly important task for the engineer and authority having jurisdiction.

The 2013 NFPA 555: Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover contains up-to-date references throughout the document and provides the latest methods for evaluating the potential for room flashover from fire involving the contents, furnishings, and interior finish of a room.

Methods addressed in NFPA 555 include:

  • Prevention of ignition
  • Installation of automatic fire suppression systems
  • Control of ventilation factors
  • Limitation of the heat release rate of individual and grouped room contents, furnishings, and interior finish

Order today for fire prevention and fire protection based on the industry benchmark. (Softbound, 32 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 555 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Instructions for Use of This Guide
4.1 Procedures
4.2 Illustration of Use
4.3 Analyses
4.4 Means of Fire Control
4.5 Conditions for Further Analyses
4.6 Fuel Packages
4.7 Flashover-Potential Analysis
4.8 Applications in Codes
Chapter 5 Automatic Suppression Systems
5.1 General
5.2 System Failure
5.3 Hazard Protection
5.4 Evaluation Considerations for Automatic Suppression Systems
5.5 Design, Installation, and Maintenance
Chapter 6 Oxygen Availability and Ventilation
6.1 Considerations
6.2 Oxygen Consumption
6.3 Venting and Exhaust of Hot Smoke Layer
Chapter 7 Predicting Flashover for Fire Hazard Calculations
7.1 Background
7.2 Estimating Room Flashover Potential
Chapter 8 Fuel Package Definition
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Fuel Package
8.3 Defining Fuel Packages
Chapter 9 Estimation Techniques for Heat Release Rate
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Preferred Hierarchical Order
9.3 Full-Compartment Fire Tests
9.4 Full-Scale Tests on Individual Items or Fuel Packages
9.5 Tests on Large-Scale Mock-Ups of Individual Items
9.6 Bench-Scale Tests on Composite Samples
9.7 Bench-Scale Tests on Individual Materials
9.8 Other Prediction Methods
Chapter 10 Ignition of Secondary Items by Radiative Heating
10.1 Methods/Tools
10.2 Radiative Ignition of Materials
10.3 Radiative Heating
10.4 Example Methods
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Room Fire Models to Predict Heat Release and Fire Growth
Annex C Informational References