A new product is being tested in our area that could prevent future fires.
The Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Fire Safety Center held a demonstration on Thursday to show the right and ways to put out a stovetop fire.
CVTC revealed a new automatic stovetop product called the Firebot Fire Suppression System.
It’s designed to detect abnormal heat that signals an out-of-control stovetop fire. It then sprays an environmentally-friendly, non-toxic fire suppressant to extinguish the fire automatically.
“In a matter of another 10 or 15 seconds of a stovetop fire without someone or something interacting, its likely going to start some adjacent combustibles on fire, you might lose your whole apartment or your whole house,” said Fire Safety Center Lead Technician Chris Turner.
Cooking equipment is responsible for more than 170,000 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.