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Fire Detection And Human Behaviour

Pigott, B.B., 1989. Fire Detection And Human Behaviour. Fire Safety Science 2: 573-581. doi:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.2-573


The paper draws together the two separately researched topics - human behavior in fire and human response to informative fire warning systems - computer-based automatic fire detection systems ('intelligent fire alarms) The paper summarizes some salient points reached so far and combines them with observations on first aid fire fighting by the population of the UK, in order to outline a fire protection strategy. Work on human response to fire warning systems is a continuing project. However indications are that the low cost methods being investigated to give information to occupants of a building early in a fire will be sufficiently precise to reduce the need for highly expensive fire protection measures.


human behavior, detection, computer, escape, fire protection

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