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Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Built Environment

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Towards the prediction of evacuation behaviours for people with learning difficulties


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Title:Towards the prediction of evacuation behaviours for people with learning difficulties
Author(s):T.J. Shields, (is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the University of Ulster and is a Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster, Carrickfergus, UK.), B. Smyth, (currently working as a Senior Architect in Health Estates (DOH Agency), Dundonald, UK.), K.E. Boyce, (is a lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster, Carrickfergus, UK.), G.W.H. Silcock, (Senior Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering at University of Ulster, Carrickfergus, UK.)
Citation:T.J. Shields, B. Smyth, K.E. Boyce, G.W.H. Silcock, (1999) "Towards the prediction of evacuation behaviours for people with learning difficulties", Facilities, Vol. 17 Iss: 9/10, pp.336 - 344
Keywords:Buildings, Disabled people, Disaster planning, Fire safety
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/02632779910278746 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Facilities to cater for the needs of people with learning difficulties are provided in a range of accommodation which includes new build and adapted buildings. Issues related to the life safety of building occupants with learning difficulties, particularly where there are sleeping risks, have not been given sufficient prominence. To assist facilities managers in the difficult task of prioritising space and resource allocations, a method for development of assessing the evacuation capabilities of residents with learning difficulties is offered for discussion.



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