Faculty Advisor

Notarianni, Kathy Ann


It is unknown today whether or not an average, untrained human possesses the skill and knowledge necessary to use a standard fire extinguisher effectively. Here at WPI, there was a new dormitory that was finished in 2008. Due to a change in the fire coding regarding fire extinguishers allowed this building to neglect the need of hand held fire extinguishing devices. Along with the cost off fire extinguishers comes a fear of the human ability to effectively use the device in the time of a fire. Vandalism is also a key issue when incorporating hand held extinguishers in new buildings. Therefore our experiment will demonstrate the human ability to put out a fire effectively without putting themselves at risk.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

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