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The Effectiveness of Different Alarms In Waking Sleeping Children

Bruck, Dorothy and Reid, Sharnie and Kouzma, Jefoon and Ball, Michelle (2004) The Effectiveness of Different Alarms In Waking Sleeping Children. In: 3rd International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, Sept 2004, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Abstract

Residential fire is a major cause of fire fatalities and smoke alarms are installed to promptly detect and warn people of fires so that action may be taken. Coronial reports of 114 fire fatalities in Australia noted that 81% of the fatal fires were at night and in those, 86% of victims were sleeping. It is thus important that smoke alarms are as effective as possible in waking people up. A review of the research on who will wake up to smoke alarms under what circumstances showed that there were many potentially vulnerable groups in the population, including children, the elderly, people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and people who are sleep deprived. Most unimpaired adults will awaken quickly and reliably to a hallway alarm under normal circumstances.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: effectiveness; alarms; waking sleeping Children
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/447
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