Applying Technology to Reduce Escape Times from Fires

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Supported by the Naval Research Laboratory, USFA partnered with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate various technologies and concepts - such as visual signals and unique audible sounds - that have the potential to improve residential occupant escape in the event of fire. The investigation included an evaluation of the feasibility of incorporating new technologies or concepts to aid escape capabilities that may improve egress times in residential homes by implementing and demonstrating a prototype automated egress control system.

This report presents the results of that investigation.