New Fire Protection Technologies To Pay Attention To
Fires are among the largest indoor security threats. The fire protection industry has advanced a lot over the years, which has caused the NFPA codes and standards to be more frequently updated. Here are some new options to keep an eye on.
Although this technology isn’t really an innovation, it is an upgrade on the traditional sprinkler system. It is quite obvious that water works just fine – except with chemical and electrical caused fires, but rather than putting the fire out with force, water is best used for smothering it, which is the exact point of water mist systems. By absorbing the heat from the flame, the temperature of the fire is lowered which eventually leads to its suffocation. Water mist systems are somewhat more efficient than regular sprinklers.
Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) Fire Sprinkler Systems
Naturally, in-rack sprinkler systems are unavoidable in warehouses with high-piled inventory; they are effective and able to cover vast spaces. However, in-rack sprinkler systems aren’t made with finesse in mind – they are placed to get the job done. This can cause problems, such a pipes bursting due to a single pallet load mistake, which can damage the stored items. ESFR systems are mounted onto the ceiling and feature high-pressured heads, with the capability of producing high volume of water (as much as 100 gallons per minute). Rather than controlling the fire, like the regular sprinkler systems, the ESFR technology suppresses it, which basically means shrinking it back to the point of origin.
Sound Wave Fire Extinguisher
Yelling at the fire will never put it out, but using sound waves isn’t really all that far-fetched. This machine developed by two engineering students at GeorgeMasonUniversity uses soundwaves to separate burning fuel from oxygen. Without the oxygen, the flame dies out, which is the general logic behind putting out fires. The best part about this invention is outlined in the fact that it is chemical-free and water-free, making it an extremely beneficial solution for our planet. As far as the testing goes, the final prototype does indeed work and costs no more than $600 to build! The sound wave fire extinguisher is a non-destructive fire safety technology, which may end up replacing the traditional fire extinguisher, based on efficiency. Nevertheless, it does lack the coolant, which currently limits it to small areas and surfaces.
Regular Fire Extinguishers
When it comes to hand-to-hand combat with fire, the regular fire extinguishers aren’t likely to fade away anytime soon. As mentioned, regardless of how beneficial the sound wave fire extinguisher technology is, it lacks the coolant, making it much less efficient then the common fire extinguisher. Additionally, there is a variety of extinguishers that specialize in different types of fires, so consulting the fire extinguisher chart provides a ton of options in terms of protection. With this in mind, the best way to achieve fire safety is by using the combination of the old and well-tested technology with innovative methods.
Personalized Vocal Smoke Alarms
Sleeping through a fire alarm is a common problem, especially when it comes to children. This is where personalized vocal smoke alarms chime in – a familiar voice is significantly more likely to wake a child from sleep than the typical alarms with voice capabilities. With the personalized voice smoke alarm, a parent can record their own voice on the system.
Making sure that your home – or office – remains safe is a priority. The new technologies on the rise offer many innovative fire protection options, but this does not mean that throwing out the traditional technologies is the way to go.