Michael Hazell

New project determines the age of self-preservation capability in children

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Sep 30, 2013

<p><a class="asset-img-link" style="float: right;" href="http://nfpaauthorweb.gvpi.net/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/building-and-life-safety/general-life-safety-issues/determining-self-preservation-capability-in-pre-school-children" target="_blank"><img class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affb1f28c970c" style="width: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" title="NFPA 101 report" src="http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019affb1f28c970c-200wi" alt="NFPA 101 report" /></a>The Technical Committee on Assembly and Educational Occupancies for <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-information-pages?mode=code&code=101" target="_blank">NFPA 101, Life Safety Code</a>, needed more information on the topic of at what age that children are considered capable of self-preservation, so a study was undertaken that included a review of literature on the topic and a questionnaire to early childhood experts and teachers. NFPA 101 defines Self-preservation capability as the ability of a client to evacuate a location without direct intervention by a staff member (e.g. carrying, guiding by direct hand-holding, etc.). The purpose of the project was to recommend the age at which pre-school children may be considered being capable of self-preservation. </p>
<p>The report that resulted, <a href="http://nfpaauthorweb.gvpi.net/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/building-and-life-safety/general-life-safety-issues/determining-self-preservation-capability-in-pre-school-children" target="_blank">"Developing Self-Preservation Capability in Pre-School Children,"</a> authored by Anca Taciuc and Anne S. Dederichs of the Technical University of Denmark, has just been published. Take a look at the findings by <a href="http://nfpaauthorweb.gvpi.net/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/building-and-life-safety/general-life-safety-issues/determining-self-preservation-capability-in-pre-school-children" target="_blank">downloading the full report</a>. </p>

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