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    Author(s): Robert H. WhiteMark A. Dietenberger
    Date: 1999
    Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 17.1-17.16
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Description

    Fire safety is an important concern in all types of construction. The high level of national concern for fire safety is reflected in limitations and design requirements in building codes. These code requirements are discussed in the context of fire safety design and evaluation in the initial section of this chapter. Since basic data on fire behavior of wood products are needed to evaluate fire safety for wood construction, the second major section of this chapter covers fire performance characteristics of wood products. The chapter concludes with a discussion of flame-retardant treatments that can be used to reduce the combustibility of wood.

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    Citation

    White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 1999. Fire safety. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI : USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1999. General technical report FPL ; GTR-113: Pages 17.1-17.16

    Keywords

    Structural timbers, building construction, wood utilization, fireproofing, fire prevention, fire retardants, safety, fire behavior

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