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Optimizing Emergency Awakening to Audible Smoke Alarms: an update

By Dorothy Bruck and Michelle Ball

Abstract

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

Topics: 290000 Engineering and Technology, Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE), School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, 370000 Studies in Human Society, ResPubID14453, ResPubID13302. fire prevention, smoke alarm signals, human characteristics
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1518/001872007X215674
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.vu.edu.au:676

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