Highrise evacuation: a questionable concept

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Conference2nd International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire: 26 March 2001, Boston, MA., U.S.A.
Pages221230; # of pages: 10
SubjectHuman behaviour
AbstractA number of casualties have been found in high-rise corridors and stairwells during the fire evacuation of high-rise buildings during fires, away from the room of fire origin. The fire safety approach for these types of fires has been to evacuate as long as the fire did not start in the means of egress, corridors or stairwells. This paper summarizes findings from reviewing a number of tragic fires and argues that the compartment of fire origin and the corridors and stairwells are the most dangerous places to be during a fire. It challenges the accepted evacuation procedure and argues for the non-evacuation or stay-in-place procedure for high-rise residential, hotel, and dormitory buildings.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number44675
NPARC number20386264
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