Motorola invented the mobile phone in 1973. Since then, we have said goodbye to searching for change to use a telephone box, and dragging spirals of cords from beneath the living room door to get some privacy.
Living in a digital age, things move fast. We are busy, and time is precious, so we want things to be quick, easy and painless. Wireless fire safety solutions provide the answer.
We all use wireless products without even realising it.
How often do you:
Connect to Wi-Fi
We expect to have Wi-Fi everywhere we go — in the high street, making our way home on the underground, in the supermarket. When I walk into a coffee shop, I’ll have a coffee and a slice of bandwidth, thank you very much. We browse the internet without even thinking about it.
Besides, how else are we going to upload that selfie to Facebook?
Use online banking
Gone are the days where we walk into the bank. Now we send our hard-earned cash spinning through the air to our accounts.
Listen to the radio
OK, maybe not so much these days, but did you know that we have depended on radio wireless communications since 1900?
You can even use an app to turn on the oven or change the temperature in your home.
What’s better than having dinner ready for you by the time you get home from work?
Each new product breakthrough brings more battery-powered and wireless gadgets into our homes. So why hasn’t fire safety completely followed suit yet?
Dangerous web of wires
Two firefighters died when fighting fire in a high-rise block of flats in Southampton. Whilst tackling the fire, an intense blaze confronted the firefighters. The plastic supports holding the cables and wires in place above them started to melt. The cables then fell, trapping and burying the firefighters under a tangled web of wires and cables.
As this is not the first time this has happened, a new legal requirement states that fire resistant supports should be used to support wires rather than plastic. This will help prevent them collapsing in a fire.
Products that require lengthy wiring throughout the building are commonly seen to be more sturdy and reliable. But are they really? In the case of the firefighters who died, they would have survived if wireless systems were in place. With more technological advances, tangled messes of wires and cables will hopefully be a thing of the past.
Wire-free fire door closers
The Department of Health recently issued an urgent notice to Fire Safety Managers and facilities teams about the dangers of fire doors closing too fast and without warning. An incident involving a hard-wired fire door retainer had resulted in the death of a patient.
During a storm, the hospital’s power supply failed. Fire doors released without warning as the patient was passing through. As the doors closed they struck the patient who sustained a serious head injury, which ultimately proved fatal. The problem was that the hard-wired door retainer was dependent on the power supply
Fire doors are safety devices which contain a fire so you have time to escape. While they save lives and property, they are also heavy and can cause serious harm. Injuries sustained can range from bruising to broken bones.
In the case of the patient who died, this could have been prevented with a wire-free door retainer. As a battery powered unit, it doesn’t stop working when there is a power outage.
Benefits of a wireless product
- No complicated wiring, so no mess
- Aesthetically pleasing environment with no cables and wires
- Cost effective as no lengthy installation costs
- Convenient, as they are quick to install with minimal disturbance to the premises
- Low maintenance
- They carry on working even in a mains power outage
- Drilling holes to allow cables to run through the building can lead to fire spreading faster and easier. Wireless doesn’t affect the fire resistance of your building.
Our lives are safer and easier if we can hold fire doors open to walk freely without potential injury.
Fitted inexpensively, wire-free door closers ensure a safe and accessible environment for everyone.
As the wireless revolution has progressed, so have fire safety solutions. They’re safe, easy to use and quick to install; like all the other wireless solutions that we use and rely on every day.
It’s clear to see why people still err on the side of caution with hard-wired compared to wireless. It’s often ingrained that hard-wired solutions are reliable, robust and dependable. Why? Is it because we’ve always done it that way? It’s important to remember that hard-wired is also messy, expensive, and disruptive and reliant on electricity.
The world has become wireless. It’s time fire safety followed suit.