3 credit hours

Examines human fire behavior and beliefs as they relate to the fire and analyzes how these behaviors and beliefs contribute to the fire problem. Students will research fire alarm notification devices, current trends related to false and excessive fire alarm activations, and building egress systems. Research in this course will include residential, commercial, multi-family, dormitory, and assisted living/group home situations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge to create a system that integrates human behavior factors into life safety planning and practice.
  2. Identify how fire related human behavior contributes to the fire problem.
  3. Analyze egress systems, including the use of elevators for building egress in emergencies.
  4. Understand how psychology and sociology factors influence behavior.
  5. Research and analyze trends in fire death statistics and fire cause data in the residential, commercial, and multi-family setting.

Douglas Wehmeyer