Audibility problems with fire alarms in apartment buildings

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ConferenceHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting: 09 October 1995, San Diego, California, USA
Pages989993; # of pages: 5
SubjectFire alarm response
AbstractThis paper reviews the audibility of fire alarms in three high-rise apartment buildings. The buildings, built during the 1980's, met the local building regulations for the provision of fire alarms at the time of construction. Each building contained approximately 200 apartments, with 1 to 4 persons per apartment. During each evacuation drill, video cameras located in corridors and staircases were used to record the movement time and behaviour of occupants. Precise sound samples of the fire alarm and background noise were taken at different locations in the buildings using a digital audio tape recorder. The sound samples were analysed to assess the level of audibility of the fire alarms.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAlso presented at The Ergonomics of Sound: Selections from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meetings, 1985-2000, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Santa Monica, CA., 2003, pp. 28-32
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number38808
NPARC number20375621
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