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Misting device will keep most vulnerable safe

A scheme to provide life saving misting fire suppression systems to some of the most vulnerable people in Essex has got underway with the first unit being fitted in a house in Westcliff.

The unit sprays a fine mist of water over the room when a fire breaks out, quickly dousing smouldering fires and effectively suppressing even a well developed blaze.

The occupant has already been the victim of a house fire and has been living in care since that incident, the added protection offered by the misting unit has allowed her to return home.

It is the first of 10 misting devices Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is set to install to protect those most at risk of fire.

The self-contained unit includes a 100 litre tank of water which the unit sprays across a room in 11 minutes. It even contains a communication device which will send an SMS text message to up to 10 contacts if the system ever activates.

Station Officer Danny Partridge said: “Portable misting devices provide excellent fire protection. They will usually extinguish any fire which starts in the room, they will certainly supress a fire and prevent its spread and if the fire is in a different room it can create a survivable environment if the device is activated for anyone trapped while they await rescue.

“These devices provide exceptional value for money and we are funding 10 of them with partner local authorities providing funding for servicing and upkeep. By working with local authorities we can help the most vulnerable people continue to live safely and independently in their own homes”

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