Standard Practice for Classification of Occupancies for Their Relative Fire Hazard
|Publication Date:||15 June 1994|
1.1 This practice provides a means for estimating the relative threat to life resulting from a fire occurring in a generic occupancy class.
1.2 This practice is intended for the following uses:
1.2.1 To compare the occupancies of unknown fire hazard with those for which the hazard is known.
1.2.2 To compare the occupancies of unknown hazard with hazard-assessment classifications established by consensus for generic occupancy classes.
1.2.3 As an empirical tool, to be used in the development of fire-hazard assessment standards while awaiting the development of more quantitative fire-hazard and fire-risk assessment test methods.
1.3 This practice represents one attempt at classification of occupancies for fire hazard to life.
1.4 This practice alone does not establish combustibility requirements or criteria for furnishings or contents; nor can it be used for that purpose.
1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.6 This standard should be used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard or fire risk of materials, products, or assemblies under actural fire conditions. However, results of the test may be used as elements of a fire-hazard assessement or a fire-risk assessment which takes into account all of the factors which are pertinent to an assessment of the fire hazard or fire risk of a particular end use.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.