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Utility Technology Already Exists for Preventing Wildfires

Utility Technology Already Exists for Preventing Wildfires

Climate change isn’t just causing warmer summers and colder winters. It’s impacting every ecosystem and every environment in different ways. Floods, droughts, massive storms, frigid blizzards, and more are starting to make life on this planet more challenging. Click...

IDTechEx Asks: Are EV Fires Now Less Common but More Problematic?

IDTechEx Asks: Are EV Fires Now Less Common but More Problematic?

Fires in electric vehicles (EVs) certainly gain a lot of media attention in comparison to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. But a crucial question for the future of mobility is whether EVs are actually any more likely to catch fire than an ICE...

Deadly Colorado Blaze Renews Focus on Underground Coal Fires

Deadly Colorado Blaze Renews Focus on Underground Coal Fires

A fire raging in an underground Colorado coal field in 1883 sent so much smoke pouring from cracks in the ground that the scene was likened to burning volcanoes and the state's first mining inspector deemed the blaze “impossible to extinguish.” Click here to read...

Lava Sparks Idea for Fire Retardant Coating to Protect Buildings

Lava Sparks Idea for Fire Retardant Coating to Protect Buildings

Inspired by lava, a research team led by University of Southern Queensland chemical engineer and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Professor Pingan Song, has developed a non-toxic, fire retardant coating that could save buildings from being engulfed in...

Balancing Fire Safety and COVID Protection

Balancing Fire Safety and COVID Protection

The widespread implementation of hand sanitizing stations requires schools to keep a bulk supply of hand sanitizing liquid available. And finding a safe place to store gallons upon gallons of hand sanitizing fluid is proving to be a logistical nightmare from a fire...

Fire Department Training: Changing the Culture

Fire Department Training: Changing the Culture

How many times have you complained either out loud or under your breath about your fire department’s training program or lack thereof? How many times have you thought, “Somebody needs to update our fire training”? Well, that somebody could be you. Click here to read...

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