Published on November 4th, 2016 | by Guest0
Various Fire Protection Technologies You Need to Know
Protection against fire can never be taken too seriously. In just a matter of minutes, hundreds of people can lose all their possessions and even lives, all due to fire-related mishaps. Whether they haven’t paid enough attention or there was something wrong with their fire protection system, it doesn’t really matter. Once a fire takes away everything you have, it’s too late. That’s why it’s always better to think ahead and protect yourself in advance. Fire protection technology has made a significant progress over the past decade or so, and continues doing that at the moment, too. Here are some of the advancements you might want to take into consideration when it comes to fire protection.
Active or Passive Protection?
Not all fire protection technologies are the same – they can trigger the alarms, alert you, allow you to escape, or can help you extinguish fire completely. That is why a certain distinction has to be made in order to understand all aspects of fire safety.
For instance, not many people know that there are active and passive fire protection systems. The former ones are used to put out fire – these are fire sprinklers and extinguishers, as well as water mist, for example – while the latter allow you to run away from a fire and thus include fire doors, smoke detectors and alarms. All of these need to be handled carefully and properly, and everyone should at least know how to use a fire extinguisher.
Drones vs. Fire
What about huge fires in the open – forests, houses and entire blocks of residential buildings often catch fire and there is very little the fire department can do. That’s why having some help from above might do the trick, and drones are just the thing we’ve been waiting for.
Using them to transport water to remote places is just one of the ways these practical flying devices can be of assistance. They can also come in handy with sounding the alarms, spotting potential fire risks and hazards, as well as scanning the affected area after the fire has been put out.
A Fireproof Sound System
You also need to know various types of extinguishers and should even consult a fire extinguisher chart from time to time, just to make sure you’re keeping up with the progress. But, what if you don’t have a fire extinguisher near you, and there’s a fire starting? Not all people keep one of these in their apartments, you know. However, what they do keep is a powerful sound system that can be used to put out fire – or that’s the idea.
Some time ago, an innovative concept developed by two George Mason University students actually became a reality when they managed to build a sound waves-powered fire extinguisher that uses no chemicals nor water. By separating oxygen from the burning fuel, this device successfully extinguishes fire using sound waves only. It’s practical, light, quite cheap to build and perfect for every household. Of course, it won’t make a difference if your entire house is in flames, but will put out smaller fires in no time.
Some of the other fire protection and fire extinguishing technologies you might want to watch out for include items like water mist – this is quite popular in homes, hotels, cafes and restaurants – or VIST and ESFR systems. These acronyms stand for video image smoke detection system that analyzes video feed for the presence of smoke and issues an alarm signal, and early suppression fast response system that suppresses a fire from above. Both are used in large structures with high ceilings such as warehouses, and are something you should definitely keep in mind.