Fred Durso

NFPA Journal columnist discusses how human behavior guides codes and standards development

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Sep 25, 2013

Human behaviorWhile attending a recent research conference, NFPA Journal columnist Kathleen Almand was struck by the number of presenters seeking a deeper understanding of human behavior and its impact on fire safety. NFPA, which has incorporated new research on human behavior into its codes and standards, is also deeply interested in this subject.

Studies on human behavior "have changed from observational research--the how and why of behavior in a fire--to the application of that work to fire safety design and even to the codification of safety provisions in our codes and standards," states Almand, also the executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

Read Almand's entire column for examples of how the Foundation is delving deeper into the topic of human behavior.