Technology for Optimists

As the world continues to be gripped by unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires, the race is on to keep cool and moist in the face of such challenging conditions. In Japan temperatures have soared to a rip roaring 41 degrees, and a natural disaster has been announced as the Japanese fight to keep their cool under solar powered fountains and miniature fans. In Greece and Sweden wildfires have claimed lives as numerous wildfire tragedies have unfolded.

Technology has its part to play in the detection and management of fire in the nature and spread of such fires. Sometimes originating in remote and barren areas, patrolling terrain by car or even helicopter to analyse for fire can be dangerous and slow. Drones have been adapted to fly in such conditions, and operated by trained fire control experts, analysis can be swiftly made using infra-red detection to detect and analyse the fire. Drones can also be used to assist in assessing the safety of a damaged building. A drone was recently flown around the remains of the Glasgow School of Art remains to do just this, the drone being able to convey detailed images for the experts below as to the extent of the damage.

It is worth noting that amateur use of drones near a fire may impede the firefighters at the scene. So, what can we do? Keep wearing cotton and pray for drizzle, drizzle, drizzle. For all your fire safety needs including fire alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets, fire risk assessments and fire safety training for your staff contact our staff at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

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