Drop it while it’s hot

Drop it while it’s hot

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Second but still gold… ish

Which element is the most dangerous for human life? Unless people themselves are considered the fifth element, water could be ranked at the top of this imaginary list. But despite its changeable character, this element can also be regarded as a warrior against, in my opinion, the holder of the second place – fire.

Rising average temperatures, annual temperature records and undoubtedly, human stupidity are causing fires to destroy our planet more and more frequently. Whether it is the loss of human life or the widespread damage caused by the rapidly spreading fire, they have indelibly marked our flora and fauna throughout history.

Burned-out history

The most devastating fires that have taken the most lives can be traced by digging deeper in history. With almost no possibility of prevention and rapid evacuation, fires have been more dangerous for humans in the past. The town of Peshtigo in the US state of Wisconsin is one of the deterrent examples. The 1871 forest fire claimed over 1,500 lives and scarred hundreds of thousands of square metres of land. Today, fires threaten our living space, crops, and the Earth.

Moreover, the increasing number of fires is a fact. In recent decades, the number of fires has dramatically risen, even in the coldest areas such as Siberia, Canada, and Alaska. Along with the massive fires in Australia, it is the Siberian tundra where fire has destroyed the most considerable portion of our planet. More specifically, over 240,000 square kilometres were destroyed in Australia between 2019 and 2020, and 200,000 square kilometres in Russia in 2021.

Fire forest

Dragons ain’t the cause

If they’re not dragons anymore, then what? The causes of fires are manifold. They can be natural or human. Or peacefully combined. Controlled fires are a special kind, regulated by humans and thus serving as a tool for forest management. In warmer parts of the world, like Australia or California, it’s the parched and hot weather that creates drying vegetation. In that form, it is the perfect fuel for a fire. But anything can seriously start a fire – from lightning, downed power lines, poor farming practices to a poorly extinguished or lit campfire. A fire can start easily, but what immediately spreads it to great distances is unwanted weather. Unrelenting heat and strong wind are the main reasons for the uncontrollable spread of fire. So what to do about fire?

Prevention forged in fire

The simplest prevention, at least regarding human causes, is to be safe when handling fire. Still, Mother Nature is the master, and her will is done. If a fire has already occurred and is spreading uncontrollably fast, immediate action is the only thing that can stop it, or at least slow it down. And what about people? They need to rely on early warning to be able to carefully respond to an approaching fire.

Telegrafia, the market leader in mass warning devices, has such systems at its disposal. In addition, Telegrafia offers a comprehensive solution for fires and other natural disasters. The company’s sirens are fully functional and reliable even when operating at high temperatures. Siren boxes and loudspeaker horns, the primary source of warning signal propagation, are resistant to heat, other environmental influences, and weather vagaries.

If you are interested in learning more about this solution or Telegrafia’s electronic sirens, please feel free to visit the company’s website at www.telegrafia.eu or contact us directly.

The article was written by

Róbert Jakab

Robert is like a moving photograph – because he is like a video. He can capture 60 frames per second. Whenever something happens, he records it. Currently, he’s working on smaller videos and hoping to make a feature film one day and then its sequel. Telegrafia 2: Monkey Power

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