A firefighter’s personal protective equipment (PPE) is their most important equipment on the job. It protects them from serious injuries and illnesses as they come into contact with a variety of hazards. Today’s equipment includes a self-contained breathing apparatus, helmets, clothing, gloves, blankets and much more.
It wasn’t always this way. As in any industry, our evolving understanding of firefighting techniques has driven innovation in the gear we equip our firefighters with. The equipment we see in the field today is very different from the equipment of the past. How did we get here?
7 Remarkable New Fire Safety Technologies
Faster, smarter technology means better fire safety technology. The basics of fire safety, from stocking the right extinguisher to knowing fire classes, remain the same, but technological advances build on the basics, making fire fighting quicker, easier, and more effective.
There are some truly amazing technologies being produced to fight fires in the 21st century. These advances make the most of sound waves, video, and detection technology to keep us all safer when fire strikes.
No one wants a fire in their building. If you own or manage a workplace, you follow certain safety standards to protect your employees and property from fire. Yet, in 2013 alone, more than a million fires broke out in the United States. The U.S. Fire Administration, which collects and analyzes fire data, determined that these fires cost $11.5 billion, caused almost 16,000 injuries, and killed more than 3,000 people.
Fires are far too costly to skimp on fire safety protocol. In an effort to protect against fires, our government, manufacturers, and businesses have employed flame-retardant chemicals that attempt to inhibit or drastically reduce the damage of fires. Recent research is showing that these flame retardants may not be the solution or as safe that many think they are.