Lift/Stair Choice Survey: Participant Information

This study is being conducted by the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) of the University of Greenwich. The study concerns human behaviour in the use of lifts/elevators for emergency evacuation and normal use. Your participation in this study will contribute to improving our understanding of human behaviour in emergencies and to improving evacuation safety in high rise buildings.


  • As part of this study, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
  • Some of the questions ask what decision you would make in a given hypothetical scenario.
  • All questions relate to lift/elevator and stairway choice within a building.
  • While you are under no obligation to answer any of the questions we would appreciate if you could provide an answer to all of the questions.
  • If you have any problems in completing the questionnaire please send your question in an email to Michael Kinsey (PhD Student, University of Greenwich) at the following email address .
  • There are no right or wrong answers.
  • The entire process should take about 20 minutes of your time.


  • The answers you provide to the questionnaire will be analysed and the data stored.
  • We will keep the data for research purposes and some of the analysed data may be published and shown in public fora.
  • Any unique identifying personal details will not be associated with your questionnaire. 
  • The questions have been designed to collect information which will help us in our understanding of human behaviour during normal and evacuation scenarios.


  • The public survey in which you are about to participate, involves simple questions and answers and should present no difficulties to you. 
  • However, if at any time you wish to withdraw from the questionnaire, close the window/tab of the webpage and no data will be sent.


  • We request that you do not discuss the detailed nature of the questionnaire with any one likely to participate in the survey.


  • Javascript must be enabled in your webbrowser for you to complete the questionnaire.


If you have any difficulties concerning completing this questionnaire please contact:

  For all other queries or comments please contact:

Michael Kinsey (PhD Student)

University of Greenwich,
Fire Safety Engineering Group,
Room 264, Queen Mary Building,
30 Park Row,
Greenwich, London SE10 9LS,
Tel:  0208 331 8447


Prof Edwin Galea (FSEG Director) 

University of Greenwich,
Fire Safety Engineering Group,
Room 355, Queen Mary Building,
30 Park Row,
London SE10 9LS
Tel:  0208 331 8730  

Tick/Click on this box if you understand the above information and agree to take part in the questionnaire.