Wood – A Guide to Fire Safety in Construction

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Fire safety is an important concern in all types of construction. The high level of national concern for fire safety is reflected in limitations and design requirements in building codes. These code requirements and related fire performance data are discussed in the context of fire safety design and evaluation in the initial section of this course.

Because basic data on fire behavior of wood products are needed to evaluate fire safety for wood construction, the second major section of this course provides additional information on fire behavior and fire performance characteristics of wood products. The course concludes with a discussion of fire-retardant treatments that can be used to reduce the combustibility of wood. The content of this course is the document “Fire Safety in Wood Construction”.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end and is intended to provide 2 hours of professional development.


At the conclusion of this course, the student will have learned or been exposed to the following:

  • Fire Safety Design and Evaluation
  • Fire-Performance Characteristics of Wood
  • Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood
  • Performance Requirements
  • Fire-Retardant Coatings
  • Fire Test Standards

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