Nature of Smoke
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the harmful nature of smoke to building occupants in the event of a fire. It is not unusual for more injuries and deaths to be caused by smoke inhalation rather than from being burned by the fire itself.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Understand the physical nature and properties of smoke
- Describe how smoke affects visibility
- Understand the toxicity of smoke
- Understand the temperature effects of smoke
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
- Smoke is defined by the NFPA as, "The airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases evolved when a material undergoes pyrolysis or combustion, together with quantity of air that is or otherwise mixed into the mass."
- Studies on the causes of fire deaths have typically indicated that carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning accounts for roughly one-half of total fatalities. Direct burns, explosive pressures, and various other toxic gases account for the remaining half.
- Exposure to elevated temperature atmospheres can lead to hypothermia and possibly burns.