Some 200 Colorado residents currently live on the wintry continent, which can mask the reality that fire there is a real and dangerous threat. What better way to showcase the power of fire and automatic sprinklers to soon-to-be Antarcticans than with a live burn demonstration?
Members of the Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition were on hand to assist with such an event at Lockheed Martin's Centennial, Colorado, facility. Since Lockheed hires at least 1,000 people a year to work in Antarctica, the goal of the demonstration was to school employee's on fire's fierceness before they even set foot on the continent, according to a local news broadcast. (Read the NFPA Journal story on the fire protection measures in place on the continent.) The event also underscored how sprinklers can save lives and prevent serious structural damage.
“People will see how rapidly fire spreads, and that is what is critical because fire moves more rapidly than most people realize,” Elaine Hood with Lockheed told the news station.
The Colorado Fire Sprinkler Coalition is also doing its part to spread the sprinkler message. Check out the its website for more information.