Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Karlstad University Working Papers in Economics,
Karlstad University, Department of Economics

No 6: Efficiency of Fire Protection Devices in Buildings: Evidence from Response data

Henrik Jaldell ()
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Henrik Jaldell: Dept. of Economics, Postal: Dept of Economics, Karlstad University, Universitetsgatan 1, SE 651 88 Karlstad, Sweden

Abstract: This study investigates the effectiveness of fire protection devices, such as smoke detectors, portable fire extinguishers, automatic fire alarms, sprinklers etc., in different types of buildings in Sweden. It contributes two aspects not taken into account in other studies of the effect of fire protection devices. First, response time is taken into account and, second, multiple fire protection devices are considered together. The results show that, for most types of buildings, automatic alarms directly connected to fire and rescue services are important in reducing the number and spread of fires. Smoke detectors and portable fire extinguishers are important fire protections in residential buildings, which normally do not have automatic alarms.

Keywords: smoke detector; sprinklers; alarm; fire; cost-benefit; effectiveness

JEL-codes: H75; I30; K32

33 pages, June 4, 2012

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