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19 Fire Safety

Part 1. Fundamentals and Safety

  1. Michael A. Delichatsios

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527628148.hoc019

Handbook of Combustion

Handbook of Combustion

How to Cite

Delichatsios, M. A. 2010. Fire Safety. Handbook of Combustion. 1:19:459–476.

Author Information

  1. University of Ulster, FireSERT (Institute of Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology), Newtonabbey, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010


As a chapter on fire safety in a combustion handbook may be either a high level generic document or a treatise on a specific area, this chapter takes the “middle road,” outlining the types of data required for fire safety design. The references [1–3] included provide both a generic perspective and aspects of actual practice, as well as sources of data needed for fire safety engineering. The chapter includes a description of context and purpose for fire safety engineering, a classification of the data, and list of data including possible sources and comments as needed. The references [1–13] address in part the reliability and confidence in these data. As a promising near future development, some recent efforts to make risk assessment more accessible and to integrate fire protection engineering with the building design using software agents, has been included. Additional related information regarding data on safety is included in Chapters 18, 20 and 23 of this volume of the Handbook.


  • Fire safety;
  • physics and chemistry;
  • protection;
  • risk;
  • human behavior