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Flashover

the phase of a fire where most unburned pyrolsis gases and cellulosic fuels (furniture and floor coverings) in the room reach ignition temperature almost simultaneously and burst into flame. The temperature at which flashover occurs is approximately 1100F (600C). When flashover occurs, all fuels in the room are on fire and temperature in the room reaches its maximum.

For more information on this term, see the interFIRE VR Resource File article: Why is it Important to Recognize Flashover in a Room Fire?

 
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