Chapter 18. Risk Characterizations

  1. Robert W. Fitzgerald

Published Online: 19 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470863285.ch18

Building Fire Performance Analysis

Building Fire Performance Analysis

How to Cite

Fitzgerald, R. W. (2004) Risk Characterizations, in Building Fire Performance Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470863285.ch18

Author Information

  1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAY 2005
  2. Published Print: 26 MAY 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470863268

Online ISBN: 9780470863282

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Keywords:

  • building evaluation process;
  • risk characterizations;
  • life safety;
  • life safety risk assessment;
  • prescriptive code egress;
  • exit access, the exit and the exit discharge;
  • occupant alert event (LA);
  • tenability curves;
  • area of refuge;
  • operational continuity analysis

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Risk characterizations

  • Human safety

  • Overview for life safety analysis

  • Human reaction to products of combustion

  • Prescriptive code egress

  • Plans approval for prescriptive code egress

  • Overview of egress performance evaluations

  • Tenability

  • The analytical process

  • Preevacuation activity analysis

  • Movement times

  • Defend in place

  • Areas of refuge

  • Fire department rescue

  • Evaluating fire department rescue

  • Fire-fighter safety

  • Other risks

  • Property protection analysis

  • Continuity of operations analysis

  • Threat to neighboring exposures

  • Threat to the environment

  • Closure

  • References