There are a myriad of inventors who devote their lives to finding better solutions to solving potentially hazardess problems.
Within Fire-Systems we are always on point when learning about any new life saving devices. One of the ways we do this is by following products introduced through inventor competitions. The winners get to work with Electricians, Plumbers and other inventors along with fire safety regulators to design and install a variety of fire detection and prevention equipment in community buildings across the country.
There are countless competitions that inventors can enter to showcase their ideas. From college campuses to corporate sponsored events, they are opened to scores of original creations. Some competitions are specific to a particular field, and others are more open range.
In many, entrepreneurs from all over the world are welcome to enter their innovated concepts and prototypes. The ultimate prize; the attention the top winner receives which could propel his or her career, as well as make the world a better place. Along with that comes the virtual limo ride, the notoriety, the accolades and often big prize money.
Turn off the power
Recently 3 college students won a $40K top prize for inventing a device that turns the power off to appliances once a fire alarm goes off. The name of this first prize winning invention is Active Alarm. The students, Peter Thorpe, Rhett Weller and Michael Sanders recognized a problem and went about creating a solution. “Stove fires are the second-most common source of fire-related deaths,” said Thorpe. So by shutting power off to the stove the chance clearly reduces the fire from getting further out of control and potentially shutting the flames down altogether.
Untangling from cables
Unless you are a firefighter you probably didn’t realize that one of the biggest threats to entering a burning building is getting caught in dropped cables. As a structure burns utility cables begin to fall leaving them dangling and creating a hazard for the firefighter’s breathing equipment to become ensnared.
After two of his colleagues perished in an apartment fire from being unable to break free from cables that wrapped around their breathing tanks, Pete Broomfield came up with an innovative solution. Pete formulated a special strap that prevents cables from getting caught on the air cylinders. The strap creates a bridge between the backplate and the SCBA, self contained breathing apparatus’ air cylinder. When the prototype was tested it proved to keep the firefighter free from getting snared in cables.
Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that become the best fire systems inventions. Implementing common sense in the practical use of a saftey line can be used as a life saver in a disorienting situation like a fire. The SIMLINE has been invented as an improvement to the current guideline in the form of a horizontal cable. It is used when fire-fighters enter a smoke filled, disorienting environment or for those who may need the benefit of assisting the evacuation of people who cannot see and would otherwise be lost.
As a precautionary action a SIMLINE could be fitted along the walls before any danger of fire occurs, at waist height, to indicate emergency escape routes. It is equipped with a directional indicator that denotes the path to follow. The directional indicator gets a rough feel when someone is going in the wrong direction and adopts a smooth feel when the person is traveling in the direction away from risk. A luminous directional indicator is being developed as an additional advantage to those with limited visibility.
These are a few of the latest devices to make our lives and the lives of our courageous fire brigades safer. With the dedication and devotion to improving the quality of the equipment used to prevent and survive a fire we thank those involved at each level.
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