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Rotherham company's innovative fire fighting solution

posted 2 Apr 2013, 03:58 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 2 Apr 2013, 06:08 ]
A Rotherham-based fire extinguisher company has developed an innovative solution for fire fighting. Jewel Fire Systems based at Hellaby, uses Dry Water Mist technology to extinguish the flames from a range of fires including liquids, electrical and fat fires.

Once activated, the Mist prevents the fire from spreading by forming a ’mist curtain' around the fire source, protecting the surrounding area and any personnel within the vicinity. By removing the oxygen and its fuel source, the fire calms and is extinguished; the continued cooling effects of the mist also prevent the fire from re-igniting.

The engineering behind the Dry Water Mist also makes use of a significantly lower volume of water throughout the extinguishing process, removing the risk of water saturation or further collateral damage to the area around the fire source.

The company’s sales manager, Stephen Smith said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be launching this product. As well as being safer for users in offices, hotels, shops and any other place of work, the product causes no further residual or environmental damage to the surrounding areas, unlike current powders or foams. It is totally environmentally friendly.”

The University of Sussex has become among the first in the UK to take advantage of this revolutionary new technology in fire extinguishers for its newly-constructed academic site in Brighton.

The University of Sussex facilities head of maintenance, Neil Troak said: “Once we were introduced to the extinguisher and saw it perform in tests against all types of fire situations, there seemed little in our way in introducing this as the extinguisher of choice here.

“The number one priority remains the safety of our 13,000 students and staff and this is an extinguisher we believe offers the quickest and simplest way to put out fires. The fact that we were able to install one simple water mist extinguisher instead of the usual foam and carbon dioxide units in every location of the building presented substantial long-term cost savings for us.”

Keith Holmes, technical director at Jewel Fire, said: “We are thrilled to see Sussex University share our vision of providing simplified, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly extinguisher solutions.

“This has taken some time for us to develop, but we truly believe we have a product that will start to change the thinking behind common fire safety in public arenas, offices and workspaces up and down the country.”