Fire hazards are one of the biggest threats to life and property in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. If left uncontrolled, they can lead to extensive, often irreparable damage that could cause substantial financial losses. For this reason, fire safety and protection are the focus of R&D for many businesses. Companies and regulatory bodies are constantly working to develop innovative solutions for preventing and fighting fires. Regardless of the focus area, almost all innovation in the fire safety industry is technology-driven. Thanks to technology, now several solutions can drastically reduce the risk of fire and help fight it better and more swiftly.
Areas of Innovation
We are all well aware of the commonly used fire protection systems and equipment such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, and fire extinguishers. But technology has helped develop innovative fire protection systems much more advanced than their traditional counterparts. Some of these include visual flame detectors, air sampling smoke detectors and self-expanding fire fighting foam, among others.
Another area of research that has been in focus recently is the use of IoT for more accurate fire detection. Companies are conducting pioneering R&D to develop intelligent smoke, temperature, and other detectors that can communicate through wireless networks and set off alarm systems, evacuation, and water systems immediately upon detecting a fire.
Technology has also made it possible to establish and enhance the connectivity of fire safety systems with building automation systems to help the authorities respond rapidly to a fire. It is particularly useful in hospitals and other premises where evacuation is difficult, and efforts need to be focused on prevention and early detection.
Apart from these, several other innovative fire safety technologies have made firefighting and fire prevention more efficient, such as:
- Integrated voice evacuation
- Water mist suppression systems
- Emergency navigation tools
- Wireless fire alarms
- Mass notification systems
Government Incentives for Fire Safety Innovations
The fire and safety industry is witnessing unprecedented innovation in all areas. These innovations will play a crucial role in reducing fire risk and stopping it before it causes significant damage. The government’s R&D Tax Credit scheme helps any business that conducts ground-breaking R&D that leads to the development of such innovative solutions. Fire and safety companies that have developed innovative fire systems and equipment stand to gain significant cashback or tax relief through the R&D Tax Credit scheme. To check your eligibility for claiming R&D Tax Credits or more details on how Datafox can help you make a successful claim, contact us on 0800 035 2510.