Officially, it was a record year in terms of the number of reported fires in the waste and recycling industry. With the record of 390 unique five-alarm fire incidents reported, we can reasonably conclude that 2,400 plus fires occurred in 2022 (Ryan Fogelman 2023). Due to the large number of recycling facilities alone and the compounding increase in hazards, it is clear that this problem will not be suppressed. Heat Seeker Cameras offers Early Fire Detection (EFD), a 24/7 monitoring system that inspects for hot spots with infrared cameras to detect early signs of fire.
The main cause of fires in the waste and recycling industry is mishandling of materials and compressed, punctured materials burn and cause sparks from metal contact, igniting flammable contaminants. It may include mixing different types of waste, such as batteries, rubbish, gas, oil, which can spontaneously ignite and cause a fire. However, many facilities are not equipped with proper fire suppression systems, making it difficult to control and extinguish fires once they start. Utilize heat-seeking cameras Early fire detection systems easily detect and communicate potential fires to key personnel quickly and efficiently. Communication options include dial-up voice calls, SMS, text, email, pop-up notifications, app notifications and push notifications to targeted recipients, helping to create quick and effective awareness.
Fires are not a new threat to the recycling industry, but without the necessary detection programs, the frequency of recycling facility fires has increased drastically. Lithium-ion batteries are the biggest threat in the recycling industry because of the different identities they can equip. Lithium-ion batteries are virtually invisible in the pile, and site workers often cannot see them until it is too late. The global lithium-ion battery market was valued at US$30 billion in 2017, it is expected to increase to US$100 billion by 2025 (Jillian Mock 2020). As electronics become more dependent on lithium-ion batteries, they end up in recycling facilities. Most consumers mean well when they recycle their electronics, but they are fueling one of the biggest upcoming problems in the recycling industry.
Heat Seeker Cameras optimize employee and facility safety by combining various fire detection technologies to detect heating before smoke or flames form. During an incident, the early fire detection application sends a real-time to alert the receivers. Each message is fully customizable based on location, problem severity, and notify different people based on interests and responsibilities. Early fire detection reduces hardware and maintenance costs, adapts to individual needs and keeps insurance costs low. Heat Seeker Camera’s intelligent early fire detection solution is the all-in-one fire protection system that keeps your employees and facility safe.