This report gives data with respect to operational smoke detectors and fatal fires. This is important reading for AHJs and Public Education officers as well as students interested in the administrative side of the fire service.
Type of Material:
A reference source for compiling a term paper or additional material for Life Safety Educators.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
To provide historical information about the efficiency of smoke detectors in residential fires with fatalities.
Target Student Population:
Public Fire and Life Safety Educators, Research Students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
NO prerequisites for students interested in fire protection
Evaluation and Observation
This report does a great job summarizing a large number of statistics concerning the use and efficiency of smoke detectors in residential structure fires. It provides concise figures for inclusion in a research paper or for compiling figures for a Public Fire Education class. These figures include leading causes of fires and the number of fatalities in those fires for a 4 year period.
No real concerns in terms of the quality of the material
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The report is concise and begins by laying out general numbers in terms of fires, fatalities, and dollar cost for the period the report covers. It then breaks down demographics of fire causes, age groups affected, proximal causes of smoke detector inefficiency, and other proximal causes of fatality. The report then makes several recommendations about smoke detector use.
This report is not designed to be a stand-alone subject. It may be included in a Fire Investigation class, and should be included in a Public Fire and Life Safety Educators course.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The report is well laid out and easy to read. Each concept presented builds on the previous concept.