Strategies for ensuring appropriate occupant response to fire alarm signals

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20327948
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Series titleConstruction Technology Update; no. 43
ISSN1206-1220
Physical description6 p.
SubjectFire alarm response
AbstractIf occupants won't respond appropriately to fire alarm signals, what can be done about it? One strategy is to change the environment to divert occupants' attention from their ongoing activities to the fire emergency. For example, in a discotheque, turn off the music and flood the area with lighting. Using the voice communication system to inform occupants of the location and status of the fire, and how to respond, avoids panic; people react calmly when told the truth. In some buildings, having occupants relocate to safe areas within a building or stay put (in hotel rooms, for instance) is being favoured over outright evacuation.
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PublisherInstitute for Research in Construction. National Research Council Canada
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-10252
NPARC number20327948
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Record created2012-07-18
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