The prediction of human behavior during a fire emergency is one of the most challenging areas of fire protection engineering. Yet, understanding and considering human factors is essential to designing effective evacuation systems, ensuring safety during a fire and related emergency events.
At the conclusion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the many types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement process in an emergency situation.
- Understand the theory and process of individuals or groups of occupants taking protective actions in the context of the building fire emergency timeline.
- Understand how fire effluents can lead to incapacitation of people subject to the hazards of a fire.
- Obtain guidance to assist in developing occupant behavioral scenarios as part of a performance-based design
- Understand the basic concepts of occupant movement and how to estimate the time for occupants to move to a place of safety or refuge.
- Obtain understanding and guidance for the selection of one of the various methods of performing egress calculations.
- Develop an understanding of the various sources of uncertainty in human behavior analysis.
- Understand how people process emergency warning information and examine factors that may inhibit the process.
- Consider the numerous factors that play roles in the use of evacuation, relocation, and protect-in-place strategies when deciding how building occupants can best be safeguarded during fire emergencies