Using Immersive Virtual Environments for Realistic Life-Size Fire Safety Training for Children

E. Ericson (USA) and S. Smith (Taiwan)


Virtual reality, fire safety training, children


Injuries from residential fires are often overlooked as a dangerous safety concern for children. While lectures and classroom learning techniques can be effective in mitigating this risk, studies have shown that kids retain information better if they are allowed to practice escape techniques. Virtual Reality has been used to simulate situations that are too dangerous to practice in real life. This paper presents a fire safety program that combines classroom activities and small group interaction with fire professionals with a virtual simulation of an at-risk house. Students help firefighters to identify home fire hazards and then practice escaping from a simulated fire in a virtual environment. A CAVE is used to immerse participants in the fire scene.

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