viernes, 23 de noviembre de 2012

Lo primero es la prevención y que mejor que un bombero para saber como evitarlo, hoy os dejo este nuevo sistema pendiente de las ultimas comprobaciones, para evitar un incendio en cocinas pero que puede conectarse a cualquier aparato eléctrico.
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Firefighter’s Invention Stops Kitchen Fires

Firefighter develops innovative device that can turn off stove to help prevent kitchen fires

By Jane Jerrard 
Published Friday, November 30, 2012
In addition to being a firefighter/paramedic and a public safety student, 30-year-old Peter Thorpe has added “entrepreneur” to his resume. Thorpe, a member of the Provo (Utah) Fire Department, thought of a simple safety solution after responding to a kitchen fire in May 2011: a device that shuts off power to the stove when it “hears” a smoke detector alarm.

Unlike many of us who may be lucky enough to get a similar flash of insight but never act on it, Thorpe has actually transformed his idea into a reality, and expects to bring a new fire-prevention product to market in the first quarter of 2013 under the name “Fire Avert.”

In the Beginning
Thorpe did not work alone; early on, he partnered with his friend Michael Sanders, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Brigham Young University (BYU), for his expertise in product development. The two then brought in Rhett Weller, an MBA student at BYU studying finance, to help bring Fire Avert to market.

According to Thorpe, the concept behind the product is simple: If your stove is going to cause a fire, you should turn it off. Yet, despite the simple act of turning off a stove, Thorpe discovered in his preliminary research that insurance companies spend $1 billion a year on kitchen fires in the United States, 75% of which are caused by unattended items cooking on a stove or in an oven.

How It Works
Thorpe explains that his invention is unique because it’s based on detecting a fire by smoke rather than heat—and is triggered indirectly through the sound of a smoke detector. You simply plug the power cord of an electric stove into the Fire Avert, and then plug the device into the wall outlet. When triggered by the sound of a smoke detector, it shuts off power to the stove. “All smoke alarms have the same pattern [of sound],” Thorpe explains. “[The device is] always listening for the unique frequency and cadence of a smoke alarm. It contains a microphone, which will pick up nothing besides a smoke alarm. Nothing else will set it off.”

Thorpe performed a series of sound tests, trying to create enough noise to block the sound of the smoke detector; he also searched for loud electronic devices, such as children’s toys, that might activate Fire Avert. In all cases, the device wasn’t fooled; it recognized the smoke detector sound while other, similar sounds had no impact.

Fire Avert’s shut-off is delayed by one minute to allow for human error. So if you’re cooking and set off your smoke detector, you can turn off the alarm before Fire Avert shuts down your stove. And, Thorpe says, if you do accidentally turn off the stove, you can turn it back on—and reset your Fire Avert—through your home’s breaker panel.
Another built-in sensor recognizes when the stove is turned on. So if the stove is off when the smoke detector sounds, Fire Avert will not shut down power. For example, if you’re not cooking, but the steam from your shower triggers your smoke detector, Fire Avert will not be activated and you won’t need to flip your circuit breaker.

Ready for Production
Thorpe and Sanders spent the past 1½ years developing many prototypes of Fire Avert, testing and fine-tuning the device. As of this publication, they were awaiting their chosen manufacturer’s final prototype and expected production to begin soon.

“We also did tons of surveys with end users,” Thorpe explains. “It seems like everyone knows someone who had a kitchen fire, or they themselves had a kitchen fire, and could really use this product.” They know the device is attractive to consumers, and are considering sales avenues, including possibly packaging Fire Avert with a smoke detector.

As for financing the production of Fire Avert—they earned it by winning prizes in competitions. “Last year, we entered different student-based innovator competitions, and we placed in the top four of all that we entered,” Thorpe says. Those competitions included the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, the Brigham Young University Business Plan Competition, the San Diego State University Venture Challenge and the BYU Student Innovator of the Year. The value of their prizes, in cash and “in-kind donations,” totaled just under $85,000—ample start-up money for their venture.

Industry Approved
What do firefighters think of the idea of Fire Avert? “I’ve shown it to my colleagues at the station, and they all say it’s an obvious solution; it makes sense,” Thorpe says. “It really hits home for firefighters. We see kitchen fires every week.”

He also brought the idea to Utah’s deputy state fire marshal, who asked him to meet with a statewide group of fire marshals. “I got unanimous support,” Thorpe reports. “The fire marshals want to see this become standard in homes. That’s kind of a lofty dream.”

Could the wide distribution of Fire Averts significantly decrease the number of kitchen fires, impacting the fire service? “I don’t know if it will change firefighters’ jobs,” Thorpe admits, “but I do see it becoming as common as having a smoke alarm in your house.”
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Víctimas en incendios en España en 2011 / Javier Larrea Cuena (dir.)