• It is generally considered that about half of all house fires start as smoldering fires. By the time the fire services have arrived, many of these will have transitioned into a flaming stage, but their origin and early development will have been in the smoldering mode. Thus, for fire investigators and any other personnel interested in understanding real fires, smoldering is of major concern. Yet, until now, it has been difficult to access information on smoldering fires. No book has been in existence devoted to this subject. Meanwhile fire safety textbooks and handbooks offered either no information on smoldering fires, or only a brief introduction into the topic. The current (20th) edition of the NFPA Handbook, in fact, does not even contain a chapter on smoldering fires. Some years ago, an editor of that handbook, Jim Linville, told this author the reason why: self-heating and smoldering fires are of major concern in real-life fire investigations. When the NFPA Handbook did used to contain substantive materials on this topic, its staffers used to be regularly subpoenaed to appear in court proceedings dealing with fire investigations to provide their expertise in these matters. As a result, NFPA deemed it expedient to remove substantive information on this topic from its handbook. (Read more below) Limited to one per customer
  • After ten years of preparation, the brand-new Electrical Fires and Explosions book has been published and is available for sale. This is the first-ever book to comprehensively cover the scientific and technical aspects of electrical fires and failures, along with electrical explosions. The book is nearly 1300 pages long and is tightly-set in a two-column format; 8.5 x 11 inch size. The book features:
    • 256 tables
    • 1346 figures
    • 5187 references
    The book is printed in full color, on coated stock. Consequently, all photographs which were available in color are reproduced in color here. The topics covered in the book can be seen from the table of contents, below. Click to View Corrigenda Limited to one per customer
  • The Handbook is a massive resource, consisting of 1116 pages, tightly set in a 2-column, 8.5" x 11" (215 x 280 mm) format. The book includes 627 black-and-white figures, 447 tables, and 140 color plates. The Handbook is divided into two main sections: Chapters 1 through 13 include presentations of the fundamental principles of ignition sources and of the response of ignitable materials to heat or energy in various forms. Chapters 14 and 15 constitute an "encyclopedia of ignition," containing extensive information on individual materials, devices, and products. Chapter 14 comprises alphabetically-arranged narrative descriptions of ignition properties and hazards for substances ranging from "Accelerants in incendiary fires" to "Zirconium." Chapter 15 contains database tables giving information on 473 pure chemical compounds and over 500 commercial or natural products, including such substances as dusts, fuels, lubricants, plastics, and woods. See further description below

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