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Are occupants people?

The way we react to fire, or rather don't react to fire, so putting ourselves at greater risk, throws interesting light on the assumptions that legislators and others make about our behaviour in buildings. Research after fires frequently shows that we can take a significant amount of time to disengage from what we are doing before we respond to an alarm. Time for escape is taken up, possibly with fatal consequences. Reluctance to disengage may be strong, for example in a casino, or ...

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