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Pros and Cons of Egress Drills



Steve Gwynne, Karen E. Boyce, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson, Amanda Robbins, Ruggiero Lovreglio


This article explores how egress drills are currently employed, their impact, and the insights gained from them. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for enhancement through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety - only that the inconsistent use and interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators and stakeholders) are not getting the most out of this important tool.
Conference Dates
July 4-6, 2016
Conference Location
Nr Windsor, UK
Conference Title
Interflam 2016, 14th International Conference on Fire Science and Engineering


evacuation drills, egress, evacuation models, building codes


Gwynne, S. , Boyce, K. , Kuligowski, E. , Nilsson, D. , Robbins, A. and Lovreglio, R. (2016), Pros and Cons of Egress Drills, Interflam 2016, 14th International Conference on Fire Science and Engineering, Nr Windsor, UK (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created July 3, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021