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Real time, real fire, real response: An analysis of response behaviour in housing for vulnerable people

Real time, real fire, real response: An analysis of response behaviour in housing for vulnerable people

Burroughs, Mike and Galea, Edwin R. (2015) Real time, real fire, real response: An analysis of response behaviour in housing for vulnerable people. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 2015. Human Behaviour in Fire, 6 . Interscience Communications Ltd, London, pp. 477-488. ISBN 978-0-9933933-0-3

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Abstract

This paper analyses response behaviour during an evacuation caused by a fire that occurred late on a Friday night in a three storey building housing socially vulnerable people. One escape corridor became smoke logged. Twenty people were observed on CCTV during the evacuation with one person choosing to enter the smoke filled corridor to alert a friend. No-one was injured by the fire or during the evacuation. The paper considers response behaviour, travel speed and exit selection based on analysis of CCTV from inside the building. Behaviour exhibited by the residents was similar to that expected within a domestic dwelling rather than a hotel and average walk speeds were found to be larger than those normally used in engineering analysis.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 2015
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis (CNMPA) > Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG)
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Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 12:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14388

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