Human Behavior and Fire

Understanding human behavior is important as it relates to building design, evacuation and fire department operations. It is especially important where populations are large or include the disabled or persons having limited mobility.

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  1. Develop a fire scenario and provide an estimate of the effective time of operation for the first responding firefighters.

  2. Categorize the types of behavior that people exhibit in fire situations as positive or negative as they effect emergency evacuation.

  3. Outline three fire scenarios and describe the possible physiological impact each may have on building occupants and responding firefighters.

  4. Identify four psychological traits of building occupants which may effect their identification of and response to a fire.

  5. Identify at least four occupancies where human behavior and response characteristics are unique to occupancies and where there is a high potential life loss.

  6. Write a summary of the human factors effecting high life loss in a major fire incident.

  7. Identify five occupancies in your town/city/jurisdiction where human factors and building design may be factors in emergency evacuation. For one of these occupancies, list fire department procedures which should be implemented to deal with a major incident.