Effective fire safety education for residential students

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Bruce D. Griffin (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Deborah Taub

Abstract: Fire safety for residential students is a concern to campus housing administrators, campus environmental health and safety professionals, local fire departments, and parents. Training and educating students is often a major component of a campus fire safety program, though little research has considered its effectiveness. Millennial students have unique characteristics that may impact how they respond to various methods of fire safety education. This purpose of this study was to determine whether peer educators or authority figures have a greater impact on safety behaviors following initial fire safety training. Further, the study was to determine if adding experiential learning techniques to the traditional fire safety lecture would have a greater influence on safety behavior. Specifically, the behaviors of exiting the residence hall when the alarm sounds and knowing two exits were measured. Effectiveness was measured by predicting the safety behaviors using principles of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). The Residential Student Fire Safety Behavior Survey (RSFSBS) was created to measure the four dimensions of the TPB, generalized intention to perform the behavior, the students' attitudes about the behavior, their feelings about how normal the behavior is (subjective norm), and their perceived control over performing the behavior. The findings from this research suggest that neither intervention proved more effective than the other. They did suggest that residential students' subjective norms related to fire safety vary more than the other dimensions and that this might be an area to address to improve student fire safety behavior.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2011
Keywords
Education, Fire, Millennial, Residential, Safety, Student
Subjects
Dormitories $x Fires and fire prevention $z United States $v Case studies
Fire prevention $x Study and teaching $z United States $v Case studies
Universities and colleges $x Fires and fire prevention $z United States $v Case studies
Generation Y $x Education