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The Collection Of Pre-Evacuation Times From Evacuation Trials Involving A Hospital Outpatient Area And A University Library Facility

Gwynne, S., Galea, E.R., Parke, J. and Hickson, J., 2003. The Collection Of Pre-Evacuation Times From Evacuation Trials Involving A Hospital Outpatient Area And A University Library Facility. Fire Safety Science 7: 877-888. doi:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.7-877


ABSTRACT

This paper presents data relating to occupant pre-evacuation times from a university and a hospital outpatient facility. Although the two structures are entirely different they do employ relatively similar procedures: members of staff sweeping areas of the structure to encourage individuals to evacuate. However, the manner in which the dependent population reacts to these procedures is quite different. In the hospital case the patients only evacuated once a member of the nursing staff had instructed them to do so while in the university evacuation the students were less dependent upon the actions of the staff with over 50% of them evacuating with no prior prompting. Although this data may be useful in a variety of areas, it was collected primarily for use within evacuation models.


Keyword(s):

data collection, pre-evacuation, evacuation trial, evacuation models


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