Fire extinguisher is an important tool you need to keep in your car always as you don’t know when you might need it.
A Toyota Camry caught fire (reasons unknown) and all effort to put off the fire was fruitless until someone had to run to get a fire extinguisher to put off the fire.
So if you don’t have a fire extinguisher, buy one today to avoid story that touches
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The Vital Role of Fire Extinguishers
To highlight the effectiveness of extinguishers in the early stage fire fighting, a 2002 UK study performed by FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trades Association) and IFEDA (Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association) reviewed over 2100 fire incidents and found that in 80% of the cases a portable fire extinguisher successfully extinguished the fire and in 75% of those cases, the fire department was not required to attend.
A similar survey was conducted in 2002 by EUROFEU (European Committee of the Manufacturers of Fire Protection Equipment and Fire Fighting Vehicles) in 6 European countries and it found strikingly consistent results. In over 2600 incidents recorded it concluded that in 81.5% of cases the portable extinguisher successfully extinguished the fire and in 74.6% of the cases the fire department was not required to attend.
Extrapolating the results of these surveys to the U.S. market provides solid statistical evidence that in approximately 80% of all fire incidents a portable fire extinguisher is the only fire fighting tool needed to extinguish the fire. Further, they indicate that in 60% of all fire incidents the fire department is not notified (and thus the event would not appear in NFPA statistics). If applied to the 2008 NFPA data, fire extinguishers effectively managed approximately 224,000 fires in commercial structures, 168,000 of which do not appear in NFPA statistics.
Fire Extinguishers in Academic Settings
To provide some additional insight, a 2010 White Paper from Worcester Polytechnic Institute reported on the use of fire extinguishers to combat real fires in academic settings. According to their research, fire extinguishers are used approximately 15,000 times each year in schools, colleges, universities, dormitories, fraternities, sororities and barracks.
That means that fire extinguishers are called into service more that 41 times each day as the first line of fire defense in our nations schools. What is more important than protecting the lives of our young people?
Fires in Hotels
According to a recent article on HotelInteractive.com, a leading web portal for hotel professionals,
….an estimated 3,900 fires occur each year in hotels and motels. Annually, these fires result in $76 million in property loss.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Fire Administration, 46 percent of hotel and motel fires are caused by cooking, with electrical malfunctions and heating each causing an additional 7 percent of fires. These fires occur primarily in the evening, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. While 73 percent of fires are confined to the object of origin, 18 percent are confined to the room of fire origin and the remaining 9 percent of fires extend beyond the room of origin.
With 73 % of these fires confined to the object of origin, it is easy to see the absolutely
critical role that fire extinguishers play in keeping the guests in hotels safe. Extrapolating the prominent studies, this indicated more than 20 fires everyday are put out by fire extinguishers in hotels.
Fire Extinguishers Protect the Environment
Fire extinguishers also play a critical role in protecting the environment by controlling fires at their very early stages. According to a 2010 White Paper from Green Collar Research, a leading sustainability on-line research organization,
From a safety as well as from an environmental and carbon release perspective, the management of a fire with a fire extinguisher when it is in its very early stages is a best case scenario.
Green Collar Research sums up the beneficial role that fire extinguishers, and particularly electronically monitored fire extinguishers like those offered by en-Gauge, in the following manner.
Fire and fire protection plays a significant role in releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Fire extinguishers play a crucial role in protecting the environment due to their proven ability to fight fires while they are at their very early stages. The availability of accessible and working fire extinguishers assures that the highest possible percentage of fires will be controlled with the minimal environmental impact possible.
Replacing the inefficient and carbon-intensive manual extinguisher inspection methodology with electronically monitored extinguishers will have significant positive impacts on the environment, including:
- ·Fewer carbon emissions from fire incidents in which a missing, blocked or non-functioning fire extinguisher is a contributing factor
- Reduced embodied carbon generated via the manufacture of replacement building materials necessary to repair fire damage
- Reduced carbon emission from the burning of fossil fuels for transportation necessary for the manual inspection of extinguishers
- Reduced water use required to fight fires
- Reduced levels of persistent pollutants associated with fires and waste water run-off