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Boyce, Karen and McConnell, N C (2015) A STUDY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR DURING EVACUATION OF LICENSED PREMISES. In: 6th International Human Behaviour in Fire 2015 symposium. InterScience Communications. 12 pp. [Conference contribution]

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An understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups during evacuation is key to thedevelopment of evacuation scenarios as part of an engineering design solution. Furthermore, it is important that engineers have reliable and accurate data on pre-evacuation times and movement for use in time based evacuation analysis. This paper presents the analysis of an unannounced evacuation of licensed premises in Northern Ireland and provides important data and understanding regarding behaviour for use in fire safety engineering design and evacuation modelling. Findings on recognition times, response behaviours, pre evacuation times and final exit flows for a function room and lounge bar in the licenced property are provided. The results suggest that the evacuation time in the lounge bar was characterised by generally longer pre-evacuation times and relatively shorter movement times, whereas the evacuation time in the more densely populated function room was characterised by shorter pre-evacuation times but extended flow times. The impact of staff intervention through directed voice communications and the variation in response behaviours between the two areas are discussed.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Human Behaviour, Evacuation, Licensed Premises, recognition times, response behaviours, pre-evacuation times, voice communications
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Fire Safety and Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
ID Code:33087
Deposited By: Dr Nigel McConnell
Deposited On:28 Jan 2016 12:07
Last Modified:28 Jan 2016 12:23

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