Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid
Rise in fast-burning house fires heats up calls for sprinklers in homes - Nova Scotia - CBC News
interesting article on new homes burning faster than old homes. Mostly due to the furnishings etc. They are talking about changing building codes to include fixed fire extinguishing systems - but they are talking water, which is wrong. Halon was the wonder product of the age until they banned it for being an ozone eater. It could fill a room in an instant and suppress any fire. It also did no damage to room contents. It was perfect for server farms and computer rooms. Also for residential since it would not damage all your precious stuff and ruin your home, as water will. I guess they are back to using CO2 but you would think they could synthesize a halon gas such that it would not damage the ozone. We are talking about a lot of money here - 2% of the price of a new home and 5% to retrofit an older home.
No, water is the best. Halon is death waiting to happen. That is why it was removed from equipment. Halon deletes O2 from the room. The only advantage to that from a firefighter perspective is the bodies are not BBQed.
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Sprinklers beat the hell out of dead firemen. Make them mandatory.
Maybe for new construction and Definitely multi family.Maybe even on major renos but the cost of retrofitting existing houses would be prohibitive.
Proper construction methods would go a long way as well. No more synthetics and fake wood. Ban gang nails, go back to plywood gussets in trusses and real beams in floors. Trusjoists have a fire rating of about 5 minutes while 2x12 is around 20 minutes.