Fires and Fire-fighting.
Fire-fighting is the act of extinguishing fires. A fire fighter suppresses and extinguishes fires to protect lives and prevent the destruction of property and the environment.
One of the major hazards associated with fire-fighting operations is the toxic environment created by combustible materials, the four major hazards being smoke, the oxygen deficient atmosphere, elevated temperatures, and toxic atmospheres. Additional risks of fire include falls and structural collapse that can exacerbate the problems entailed in this toxic environment. Fires can be extinguished by water, fuel removal, or chemical flame inhibition.
In 2013-14 there were 322 fire-related deaths in Great Britain: 41% of fire-related deaths in Great Britain were caused by the victim being overcome by gas, smoke or toxic fumes. And this is just a snapshot of the latest available data for Great Britain…. fires occur world-wide!
According to the UK Fire Services, nearly 20 people are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in the kitchen, the most common of these are caused by fat frying.
An all-too frequent problem with present fire extinguisher systems is user lack of awareness and knowledge on how the fire extinguisher works and how it needs to be operated.
Using currently available devices generally also involves a degree of danger to the operator through his/her having to use a device close to the base of the fire.
There is also a significant financial cost associated with most current products available, as they need regular annual testing and checking, at approximately £15 per unit, to maintain functionality and insurance covers.
Kitchen fires, in particular, are still being addressed using fire blankets designed in the late-1950’s – a totally inadequate way to tackle such a fire.
For larger applications, such as fire engines, the current foam and water solutions can take up to 25 times longer to extinguish a fire than the Firescape solution, thereby risking fire fighters’ lives. Time and cost are critical in achieving the desired effect.
It is also important to note that since May 2009, Regulations in the USA, Canada, EU, Australia, and Japan banned new production of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)-based products, including one of the major foam applications used as a standard fire suppression resource, as it had been shown as a persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic pollutant.
The optimum fire-fighting solution must emphasise the essential elements that should be an absolute necessity for any fire extinguishing solution. These are SPEED – COST – TIME – SAFETY.
The solution is the FIRESCAPE range of products, for both domestic and commercial applications. FIRESCAPE is a revolutionary, safe and environmentally friendly way to extinguish any type of fire, from a small frying pan (using the sachet) to a large forest fire (using the solution from aircraft dropping onto the flames).
Using FIRESCAPE it is possible also substantially to reduce (perhaps even eliminate) excessive damage to property or affected items when the solution is used: furthermore, very little solution is required to be used to extinguish fires when compared with conventional methods and products.
FIRESCAPE is the world’s leading-edge technology, enabling a fire to be extinguished in seconds, as opposed to multiple minutes, at best, with conventional products and systems and works on any type fire eliminating the need to have multiple extinguishers.