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Exit choice in fire emergencies - Influencing choice of exit with flashing lights

Nilsson, Daniel LU (2009)
Abstract
Fire accidents and evacuation experiments have revealed that people often use familiar exits in fire emergencies. However, the design of emergency exits has also been shown to impact people’s choice of exit. In the present research, the use of flashing lights to direct people to emergency exits is explored in a series of experiments in both buildings and road tunnels. Recommendations concerning how the system should be designed are developed based on the results. In addition, a framework (Theory of Affordances) is used to explain and interpret the empirical findings and a research strategy for testing and developing evacuation systems is proposed.
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  • Dr. Boyce, Karen, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
organization
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Thesis
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Theory of Affordances., green flashing lights, active evacuation systems, affiliation, exit choice, evacuation, egress, Fire
pages
175 pages
publisher
Brandteknik och riskhantering, LTH, Lunds Universiet, Box 118, 22100 Lund
defense location
Room, V:A, V-building, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund University Faculty of Engineering
defense date
2009-05-28 10:15
ISBN
978-91-628-7755-2
language
English
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yes
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dec967fc-47cc-4235-b5cf-e414c264260d (old id 1370568)
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2009-04-28 09:01:39
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2016-09-19 08:45:06
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