Estimation of peak heat release rate of furniture and possibility of flashover for fires in local karaoke musical boxes

Wan Ki Chow, Che Heng Gigi Lui

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Furniture foam might be ignited accidentally as the first burning item for fire in a karaoke musical box. Consequently, igniting adjacent items such as surface lining materials and carpet might lead to a big fire. Therefore, furniture fires should be studied carefully. The likelihood of flashover in 900 musical boxes of 19 local karaoke establishments due to igniting the furniture foam will be assessed in this article. The empirical equation for heat release rate of furniture, according to Babrauskas and Walton [1], was applied to study the start heat release rate in karaoke fires. The wide range of parameters appearing in the empirical equation were varied to estimate the possible heat release rate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Specialist publicationJournal of Applied Fire Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety

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