Optimizing Emergency Awakening to Audible Smoke Alarms: an update

Bruck, Dorothy and Ball, Michelle (2007) Optimizing Emergency Awakening to Audible Smoke Alarms: an update. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 49 (4). pp. 585-601. ISSN 0018-7208


This review examines research on what types of emergency signal will be the best to awaken most individuals and what can be improved. Four key areas are reviewed: (a) the characteristics of four signals; (b) how human characteristics alter arousal to different signals; (c) research comparing the effectiveness of different alarms in different sleeping populations; and (d) acoustical, methodological and theoretical implications.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/676
DOI 10.1518/001872007X215674
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1518/001872007X215674
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 290000 Engineering and Technology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Keywords ResPubID14453, ResPubID13302. fire prevention, smoke alarm signals, human characteristics
Citations in Scopus 18 - View on Scopus
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