Better and more-advanced technology means increased fire safety. Although the basics of fire safety, like stocking fire extinguisher and knowing about fire risks are still the same, new technology is makig fire fighting a lot easier, quicker and more effective.
Here are some of the recent advances in fire detection and fire fighting technology:
Sound Wave Fire Extinguisher
How about putting out fires with sound? A sound wave fire extinguisher is a chemical-free, water-free extinguisher that uses sound to deplete a fire from oxygen. Without oxygen, a fire dies out.
Researchers have previously attempted this idea but without much success. Now however, the sound wave extinguisher works reliably. At this point, the prototype is still somewhat costly ($600) but is likely to become much smaller and portable and more-affordable
Water Mist Systems
This is just like your typical sprinkler system, but better and more effective. For many, water mist systems are the future of fire fighting. Just like always, water is simply very good for fighting fires, and this puts the effectiveness of sprinkler systems on a whole new level.
Instead of using large droplets of water, water mist systems use a fine mist that is smothering the fire. The small droplets have a larger surface area so that water is converted to steam faster. This is also more effective in reducing the the temperature of the fire and suffocates the fire faster than old-fashioned sprinkler systems. In addition to that, these systems are significantly decreasing water damage.
Video Fire Detection
Popular in various industries such as foresting or anywhere else where vast spaces need to be monitored for fires, video fire detection is now also becoming popular for home owners. These systems can see fires even when they occur in the distance they can do so in real time within seconds one they occur.
What’s more, modern video fire detection systems are equipped to be able to automatically notify the fire brigade when they see a fire and can provide them with the GPS coordinates. This way, fires are often extinguished before they had a chance to cause any major damage. The fact that these systems work fully automatically makes them great for monitoring businesses and homes around the clock.