The University of Greenwich and Kent Fire and Rescue Service is asking local people to fill in a couple of short online surveys to help them understand how people behave and perceive accidental fires at home.
In the first survey anyone over 18 is welcome to take part. You will be asked to watch some short videos and answer a few questions to help researchers learn more about how people act in a fire. Click on Observation Study here http://fseg.gre.ac.uk/surveys/
Anyone who has had a fire at home in the last 12 months – whether you had to call 999 or not - is also being asked to take part in a second survey. The survey can be completed anonymously and you will be asked to describe your experiences. Click on Domestic Fire Survey here http://fseg.gre.ac.uk/surveys/
Professor Ed Galea, Director of the university’s Fire Safety Engineering Group, is a world expert on fire and evacuation, and the way that people behave in life-threatening emergencies. He says: "Understanding how people react is vital if we are to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur each year in fire-related situations around the world. We can only understand this complex behaviour if the public assist us with our research – collectively the public hold the key to unlocking why people behave as they do in crisis situations."
David Wales of Kent Fire and Rescue Service says: "If you have had a fire at home recently you can help us by filling out this survey. It will give us a better understanding of how people behave when they have a fire and help us develop ways of protecting others in the future".
Both surveys are part of the LIFEBID research project which forms part of a national survey and database, identifying human behaviour during fires in domestic dwellings.
Notes to editors
The University of Greenwich and Kent Fire and Rescue Service have been funded through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, including funding by Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, to reduce the high societal costs associated with domestic dwelling fires. Project LIFEBID stems from this partnership and is a collaborative effort involving the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and other UK fire services.
The Fire Safety Engineering Group, based within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, is a world leader in aircraft, ship, building and rail evacuation, and fire modelling. Its projects have ranged from analysis of the World Trade Center evacuation to the design of the Airbus A380.
Further information for the LIFEBID project including details about the project team and publications etc. can be found at www.lifebid.co.uk.