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A Symposium on Fire Safety Research was held at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), on August 22, 1973. The Symposium's participants were NBS staff as well as outside contributors affiliated with the NBS fire program including representatives from private industries, universities, government agencies, and the National Fire Protection Association. The papers covered topics in hazard analysis, standards development, flame chemistry, fire modeling, fire detection, physiological effects of fire, fire services, effect of fire on building materials, and field investigation methods for firefighters. Specifically included were papers dealing with the development of the Children's Sleepwear Flammability Standards and mandatory sampling plans, mechanisms of flame retardants, flame spread and radiant panel test methods, contribution of interior finish materials to fire growth, a field study of non fire-resistive multiple dwelling fires, the Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) Program of NSF, and other related topics.

Key words: Apparel fires; carbon monoxide; concrete beams; field investigation; FIFI; fire; fire buildup; fire detection; fire engines; fire growth; fire research; fire retardants; fire safety research; firefighter training; flame inhibition; flame spread; flames; flammable fabrics standards; hazard analysis; injury severity; interior finishes; mandatory standards; modeling; multiple dwelling fires; oxygen; physiological effects of fire; polymeric materials; radiant panel; RANN; red oak; smoke; standards; test methods; textile testing; thermal decomposition; toxic effects of fire.

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