Keeping an indoor space safe from fires should be everyone’s priority. As the technology moves forward, however, the levels of fire safety are evolving, and NFPA codes and standards are frequently updated. The benefits of this progress have improved many fields, and fire safety is no exception.
Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) Fire Sprinkler Systems
Warehouses with inventory that’s high-piled have benefited from in-rack sprinkler systems for many years now, seeing as how these are both efficient and cover large surfaces. Finesse, though, isn’t something that the in-rack sprinkler systems can brag about – they do get the job done, but can easily cause the pipes to burst on account of a single mistake when loading pallets, which can damage stored items and cause shipping delays and monetary loss.
The ESFR systems, much like the in-rack sprinklers, are mounted on the ceiling and consist of high-pressure heads which can produce high volumes of water, amounting to as much as 100 gallons/minute. The difference between the two is that the ESFR technology suppresses the fire, shrinking it back to its point of origin, while the typical in-rack sprinklers just control the fire.
The traditional sprinkler systems pale insignificance when compared with water mist. In conventional sprinklers, the water is used to put the fire out with sheer force. However, the water mist systems smother the fire, which is significantly more efficient, seeing as how the mist can reach spaces that the water from conventional sprinklers never could. The heat from the flame is absorbed, up to the point where the fire temperature is reduced to suffocation.
Sound Wave Fire Extinguisher
Now here’s a tech innovation that might raise an eyebrow or two – using sound to put out a fire!? Have you ever stood in front of a powerful speaker system? Doubtlessly you’ve felt as if the bass was blowing the air straight past your face. Well, that’s because this is one of the properties of sound waves. Engineering students developed this machine at George Mason University, and it separates the oxygen from burning fuel by using sound waves.
It is widely known that fire needs oxygen to burn and by “blowing it away,” the fire is extinguished. This technology uses neither water nor chemicals, which makes it extremely eco-friendly. Furthermore, it costs no more than $600 to build, and it is non-destructive. The only downside to the sound wave fire extinguisher is outlined in the fact that it has no cooling properties, which limits it to small surfaces.
Good-Old Fire Extinguishers Revised
Regardless of how many innovative fire safety technologies you incorporate into an outdoor space, the good-old fire extinguisher is still a must. Able to cool down a fire, these (usually) red canisters filled with compressed foam are a necessary part of any space. Another benefit of these is the sheer variety of them – each type specializes in certain fire types, so consulting a fire extinguisher chart can help you in finding the perfect solution for your fire safety needs. A combination of the sound wave fire extinguisher and the regular one might be the perfect answer to any fire threat.
These new fire safety innovations (and an old one) are best used in combination, to achieve the necessary fire safety levels. This may turn out to be a bit of an investment, but keep in mind that nothing is more important than making sure that your indoor space is as safe as humanly possible.