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Enhancing egress drills : Preparation and assessment of evacuee performance

Gwynne, S. M. V.; Kuligowski, Erica D.; Boyce, K. E.; Nilsson, D. LU ; Robbins, A. P.; Lovreglio, R. LU ; Thomas, J. R. and Roy-Poirier, A. (2017) In Fire and Materials
Abstract

This article explores how egress drills-specifically those related to fire incidents-are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety-only that their inconsistent use and the... (More)

This article explores how egress drills-specifically those related to fire incidents-are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety-only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.

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10.1002/fam.2448
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  abstract     = {<p>This article explores how egress drills-specifically those related to fire incidents-are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety-only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.</p>},
  author       = {Gwynne, S. M. V. and Kuligowski, Erica D. and Boyce, K. E. and Nilsson, D. and Robbins, A. P. and Lovreglio, R. and Thomas, J. R. and Roy-Poirier, A.},
  issn         = {0308-0501},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Fire and Materials},
  title        = {Enhancing egress drills : Preparation and assessment of evacuee performance},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fam.2448},
  year         = {2017},
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