FireIce – from innovation to adoption to fight wildfires

Wildfires in CA 2015

With wildfires raging all the way up and down the West Coast, firefighters welcome every advantage they can get to successfully bring conflagrations under control.  In 2008, I profiled a then new product called FireIce (see full article below), an innovative product that’s nontoxic, biodegradable and effectively snuffs fires out.

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Solar panels showing to impede fire prevention

Solar panels on fire 1As useful as solar panels are in helping to save energy and helping to wean us off fossil fuels, there’s a darker side that is proving to be unexpectedly hazardous. Firefighters are having enormous difficulty fighting fires in or on buildings sporting energy-producing solar arrays.

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The Fire Blanket can stop small household fires

Kovenex Fire Blankets can help put out small household fires – even grease-based fires.

Close to 75,000 household fires occur in the U.S. every year, causing thousands of deaths, injuries and over $7 billion in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Kitchen and cooking-related fires account for 44 percent of these.

Many homes have fire extinguishers tucked in a corner or near a wall — “just in case.” But in an emergency, can you operate it quickly? And if it’s out-of-date, it could be almost inoperable to fight a small house fire.

One of the tools used by first responders and firefighters is a fire blanket.

To learn more on how this simple, affordable tool can be your second best firefighting tool at home or work, go to http://bit.ly/1WUx6iQ.

Making (green) Buildings Safe for Firefighters

Green buildings may present special challenges for firefighters because of new technologies, building materials, and building techniques. That’s the concern Fire Safety and Green Buildings—Bridging the Gap, a new website developed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM); a handbook on the topic has also been released. 

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