International Firefighters Day, a Moment to Remember the Heroes
Firefighting is a high-risk profession of dedication, commitment, and sacrifice. Firefighters dedicate their lives to our protection over many selfless years. International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is celebrated each year on May 4th. This occasion invites the world to remember and honor the past firefighters who lost their lives while serving the community.
At the same time, it is also the time to express support and appreciation to today’s firefighters who relentlessly protect us throughout the year.
IFFD was instituted following the tragic death of 5 firefighters in a bushfire in Linton, Australia, on December 2nd, 1998. Today, to continue to support the hard work of firefighters, there are some steps we can take at home and in business to prevent fires:
- Installing a light fire extinguisher (APAR) in easily accessible places or at fire-prone points, such as stoves (kitchens), water heaters, and other electronic devices.
- Installing a smoke detector alarm and checking its battery or its condition regularly.
- Always ensuring whether or not the gas stove is off before leaving the house.
- Not lighting candles without supervision or placing candles near flammable materials such as books, curtains, blankets, etc.
- Regularly checking the condition of power cords to prevent accidents due to broken or chewed cables. Install cable protectors if you have pets in the house.
- Not placing cables underneath carpets as they are highly flammable.
- Avoid installing too many electronic devices using one cable extension.
Along with the occasion of IFFD, ACE would like to introduce a range of fire safety products and other essential items to complete your emergency kits, whether at home or business place.
A. Smoke Detector
There are two types of technology used to detect smoke: photoelectric and ionized smoke. Both types are available at ACE. For photoelectric smoke detectors, the brand Siterwell is your go-to option. As for ionization smoke detectors, you can go for the brand First Alert.
Photoelectric smoke detectors use light to detect clouds of smoke. Essentially, photoelectric smoke detectors consist of a light source and a light sensor. Under normal circumstances, the light source will emit straight lines of light (beam) that will be detected by the light sensor.
However, when the room is full of smoke, the light sensor cannot detect the presence of this light. Instead, the detector will notify the alarm panel and trigger the alarm bell to ring. Photoelectric smoke detectors are suitable to be installed in kitchen ceilings.
Meanwhile, ionization smoke detectors work based on the ion conditions around the metal plate. Inside the ionization smoke detector, there is a metal plate made of radioactive material.
Metal plates charged by positive electric currents will produce positive ions, while the metal plates charged by negative currents will produce negative ions. Under normal circumstances, negative ions will flow towards the positive metal plates, and vice versa.
However, when smoke passes through the gaps between the plates, the ion flow is disturbed. The ion flow becomes low, notifying the master control fire alarm that there is smoke in the area where the detector is installed, and thus activating the alarm.
ACE also has special devices to detect gas, heat, and carbon monoxide. All from Siterwell. The Siterwell gas detector uses semiconductor technology, specially designed to detect natural gas (methane) with a sensitivity of 10% LEL (Lower Explosive Limit). Suitable for rooms that store LP gas cylinders.
There is also Siterwell heat detector with a sensitivity of 54-70o degrees Celsius, suitable to be installed in attics, garages, or server rooms. For living rooms, bedrooms, or rooms that store power generators, Siterwell carbon monoxide detector is the choice for you.
ACE supplies a series of APAR products from Servvo that use PC ABC 90% dry chemical powder (monoammonium phosphate) with a Stored Pressure N2 (nitrogen) system.
APAR Servvo products have earned a fire rating equivalent to the EN3 standard (European Norm 3). The fire rating is based on the test results conducted by UPT Fire and Rescue Laboratory from the Jakarta Fire and Rescue Service.
For home use, it is recommended to install one unit of 3 kg fire extinguisher on each floor. For example, you can install one in the kitchen, another near the bedroom, and another in the garage.
D. Fire Blanket
Another fire safety product available at ACE is the Krisbow fire extinguisher blanket. Made of fiberglass with a size of 150 x 180 cm, this blanket can smother fire caused by oil or an electrical short circuit.
Using it is easy. Immediately cover the fire area with the blanket, then let it sit until the fire goes out and the surface cools down. This fire-extinguishing blanket also can protect someone caught in a fire. It is relatively light in weight: only 750 grams. It is foldable and reusable as well.
When a fire breaks out in the house, the escape routes are often blocked by fire. The solution is to prepare a portable emergency ladder to safely get people out of a window or other high places.
ACE supplies portable emergency ladders by First Alert, equipped with a hook with the Dupont Cordura Nylon system. This 7.3-meter ladder is easy to store under the bed or in a cupboard.
At ACE, you will also find fire-resistant suits made of aluminum foil by Krisbow. It can protect the body from heat (temperature 300 - 1000 degree Celcius) and has a designated place to store an oxygen cylinder at the back.
With caution and awareness, we can prevent fires in our homes and businesses. With good quality fire-fighting equipment and detectors, the risk of fire and undesirable outcomes due to emergency situations can be minimized. At least until our heroes - the firefighters arrive.