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NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Item First Ignited’

Description: ‘The use or configuration of the item or material first ignited by the heat source. This identifies the first item that had sufficient volume or heat intensity to extend to uncontrolled or self-perpetuating fire.’

NFIRS References

NFIRS Coding

Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Item First Ignited’ element, including any “other” values in case none of the preselected choices match:

Common Examples of Item First Ignited

More commonly used values for Item First Ignited…

Item First Ignited  Code 
Oily Rags 97
Christmas Tree 41

Groups within ‘Item First Ignited’

All values for Item First Ignited

Structural Component, Finish Group
  • 10 - Structural Component or Finish - Other
  • 11 - Exterior Roof Covering, Surface, Finish
  • 12 - Exterior Sidewall Covering, Surface, Finish
  • 13 - Exterior Trim, Including Doors
  • 14 - Floor Covering or Rug/carpet/mat, Surface
  • 15 - Interior Wall Covering Excluding Drapes, Etc.
  • 16 - Interior Ceiling Covering or Finish
  • 17 - Structural ActiveMember or Framing
  • 18 - Thermal, Acoustical Insulation Within Wall, Partition or Floor/ceiling Space
Furniture, Utensils, Including Built-in Furniture Group
  • 20 - Furniture, Utensils - Other
  • 21 - Upholstered Sofa, Chair, Vehicle Seats
  • 22 - Non-upholstered Chair, Bench
  • 23 - Cabinetry (including Built-in)
  • 24 - Ironing Board
  • 25 - Appliance Housing or Casing
  • 26 - Household Utensils
Soft Goods, Wearing Apparel Group
  • 30 - Soft Goods, Wearing Apparel - Other
  • 31 - Mattress, Pillow
  • 32 - Bedding; Blanket, Sheet, Comforter
  • 33 - Linen; Other Than Bedding
  • 34 - Wearing Apparel Not On A Person
  • 35 - Wearing Apparel On A Person
  • 36 - Curtain, Blind, Drapery, Tapestry
  • 37 - Goods Not Made Up, Including Fabrics And Yard Goods
  • 38 - Luggage
Adornment, Recreational Material, Signs Group
  • 40 - Adornment, Recreational Material, Signs - Other
  • 41 - Christmas Tree
  • 42 - Decoration
  • 43 - Sign, Including Outdoor Signs Such As Billboards
  • 44 - Chips, Including Wood Chips
  • 45 - Toy, Game
  • 46 - Awning, Canopy
  • 47 - Tarpaulin, Tent
Storage Supplies Group
  • 50 - Storage Supplies - Other
  • 51 - Box, Carton, Bag, Basket, Barrel
  • 52 - Material Being Used To Make A Product
  • 53 - Pallet, Skid (empty)
  • 54 - Cord, Rope, Twine, Yarn
  • 55 - Packing, Wrapping Material
  • 56 - Baled Goods or Material
  • 57 - Bulk Storage
  • 58 - Palletized Material, Material Stored On Pallets.
  • 59 - Rolled, Wound Material (paper And Fabrics)
Liquids, Piping, Filters Group
  • 60 - Liquids, Piping, Filters - Other
  • 61 - Atomized Liquid, Vaporized Liquid, Aerosol.
  • 62 - Flammable Liquid/Gas - In/from Engine or Burner
  • 63 - Flammable Liquid/Gas - In/from Final Container
  • 64 - Flammable Liquid/Gas In Container or Pipe
  • 65 - Flammable Liquid/Gas - Uncontained
  • 66 - Pipe, Duct, Conduit, Hose
  • 67 - Pipe, Duct, Conduit, Hose Covering
  • 68 - Filter, Including Evaporative Cooler Pads
Organic Materials Group
  • 70 - Organic Materials - Other
  • 71 - Agricultural Crop, Including Fruits And Vegetables
  • 72 - Light Vegetation - Not Crop, Including Grass
  • 73 - Heavy Vegetation - Not Crop, Including Trees
  • 74 - Animal, Living or Dead
  • 75 - Human, Living or Dead
  • 76 - Cooking Materials, Including Edible Materials
  • 77 - Feathers or Fur, Not On Bird or Animal
General Materials Group
  • 80 - General Materials- Other (Conversion Only)
  • 81 - Electrical Wire, Cable Insulation
  • 82 - Transformer, Including Transformer Fluids
  • 83 - Conveyor Belt, Drive Belt, V-belt
  • 84 - Tire
  • 85 - Railroad Ties
  • 86 - Fence, Pole
  • 87 - Fertilizer
  • 88 - Pyrotechnics, Explosives
General Materials Continued Group
  • 90 - General Materials Continued (Conversion Only)
  • 91 - Book
  • 92 - Magazine, Newspaper, Writing Paper
  • 93 - Adhesive
  • 94 - Dust, Fiber, Lint, Including Sawdust And Excelsior
  • 95 - Film, Residue, Including Paint And Resin
  • 96 - Rubbish, Trash, Waste
  • 97 - Oily Rags
  • 99 - Multiple Items First Ignited
  • 00 - Item First Ignited - Other
  • UU - Undetermined

Transactions containing ‘Item First Ignited’

A few NFIRS elements are reused accross a number of transactions, but typically the value is captured by one transaction only.

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Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Mandatory
Expected Length 2
Element Type Coded Field - The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.
 
 

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