Management and movement of building occupants in emergencies

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Pages103130; # of pages: 28
Subjectsafety engineering; emergency exits; buildings; elevators; stairs
AbstractEvacuation of endangered occupants of buildings may be necessary in a variety of intra-building and larger-scale emergencies. The effectiveness of building facilities and management procedures needed for evacuation has not been well understood until recently. To predict emergency performance more accurately and to assist building designers, managers, and safety authorities, research has begun on the movement of people in buildings and their behavior in emergencies. In addition, examples are given of key findings and predictive models developed in Canadian studies of evacuation of tall buildings and large public assembly buildings. This paper suggests necessary areas of research and the need for change in a range of disaster mitigation measures, including building design.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number16845
NPARC number20374716
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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