Fire safety training: its importance in enhancing fire safety knowledge and response to fire

Huseyin, Ilmiye and Satyen, Lata 2006, Fire safety training: its importance in enhancing fire safety knowledge and response to fire, Australian journal of emergency management, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 48-53.

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Title Fire safety training: its importance in enhancing fire safety knowledge and response to fire
Author(s) Huseyin, Ilmiye
Satyen, LataORCID iD for Satyen, Lata
Journal name Australian journal of emergency management
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 48
End page 53
Publisher Emergency Management Australia
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 1324-1540
Summary Fire-related accidents often result in injuries and sometimes death, which can be prevented through fire safety training. To estimate the extent to which fire safety training should be provided, it is essential to assess the current level of fire safety knowledge within the general community. Thus the objectives of the present study were to explore: (a) the level of fire safety knowledge among people of different age groups and investigate its relationship to the level of fire safety training, and (b) the manner in which people from different age groups would respond to a fire based on their fire safety training. Data from 158 participants aged between 18 and 80 years showed that fire safety training increases: (a) the level of fire safety knowledge and, (b) the accuracy of response to a fire. The results also show that middle-aged individuals would respond more accurately to a fire than younger and older adults. The findings demonstrate the importance of fire safety training in enhancing people's fire safety knowledge and their response in the event of a fire which could lead to a reduction in the rate of fire casualties. There are implications for incorporating fire safety training as part of health improvement programs to reduce the number of fire-related injuries and fatalities.
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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