Effectiveness of a photoluminescent way guidance system

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1015475013582
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TypeArticle
Journal titleFire Technology
Volume36
IssueNov 4
Pages236248; # of pages: 13
Subjectsignage, photoluminescent, evacuation, fire safety; Emergency lighting/wayfinding; Human behaviour
AbstractA field study was conducted in an office building to assess the effectiveness of photoluminescent material to facilitate occupant evacuation. The office building's four identical stairwells were set with different conditions; one had full lighting, one had reduced lighting, another one had reduced lighting with photoluminescent signs and wayguidance system and one had photoluminescent signs and wayguidance system with no other lighting. Non-informed occupants evacuated through the 4 stairwells. Speed of movement in the four stairwells, recorded using video cameras, showed a similar speed of movement when considering the different density of the 4 stairwells. Of the evacuees who descended the photoluminescent stairwell, with no other lighting, 70% gave a very positive assessment of the system. However, one-third of the evacuees of that stairwell, had some criticisms that could be alleviated by adding more material or increasing the brightness of the material.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number44216
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NPARC number20378545
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Record created2012-07-24
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