Posts Tagged: wildfire
A Los Angeles Times home improvement blog, titled "Pardon Our Dust," discusses a ember-blocking roof vent invented by a San Bernardino firefighter. Blogger Kathy Price-Robinson pulled a quote by UC Cooperative Extension wood durability advisor Stephen Quarles from a UC ANR news story to add to her post with a link to the complete story. Here's the quote:
"Quarter-inch mesh cannot stop embers and flames during wildfires. This is an example of conflict in code preferences between building and fire officials. Smaller mesh screens would do a better job of keeping out fire and embers, but these same screens plug up more easily."
The new invention is a baffled vent cover, made of 26-gauge galvanized steel, that allows air to flow freely but blocks embers from passing through. An article about the baffled vent covers in Fire Engineering magazine says the baffle material acts as a heat sink, virtually eliminating the threat of fire embers entering through a structure's vent openings.
The San Diego County UC Cooperative Extension office is now extending vital wildfire information to local residents from a computerized kiosk. Not exactly the robotic assistant envisioned in the classic cartoon The Jetsons, these stand-alone touch screen computers automatically provide customized information to residents about how to protect their families and property from wildfire, according to an article in the Ramona Sentinel.
“The high-tech kiosk is a one-of-a-kind touch screen that allows you to select both indoor and outdoor areas of your home to show what zones might be vulnerable to a wildfire,” the article quoted UCCE environmental issues advisor Valerie Mellano. “In addition, there are tips about what to do before, during and after a fire. One impressive feature is that the kiosk prints out whatever information you select to take with you.”
The kiosk will be stationed at the County Administration Center during the month of May and more will eventually be sent to various county offices and private businesses, according to the newspaper story.