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An Overview of Behaviour in Fires

Canter, David V. (1996) An Overview of Behaviour in Fires. In: Psychology in Action. Dartmouth Benchmark Series . Dartmouth Publishing Company, Hantshire, UK, pp. 159-188. ISBN 1855213656

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    Abstract

    The major differences between fires in the patterns of behaviour that are associated
    with them are not due to variations between the personalities of the people present
    or to particular physical details of the design of the buildings involved. Rather they
    relate to the type of 'place' in which the fires occur. The term 'place' here is used
    in the sense discussed by Canter (1977), implying a combination of social and
    physical processes that give any setting its particular qualities. In the parlance of
    the fire brigades a place is very similar in meaning to a 'building occupancy',
    because each occupancy has its own characteristic physical structure as well as its
    own type of organisation and associated fire risk. The following summaries will
    therefore consider fires in relation to the type of setting in which they occur.
    In order to clarify and elaborate these aspects, details of behaviour in various
    types of buildings are worthy of closer consideration.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 10:21
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 14:11
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/9228

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