Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring Forward

Crew Member Cheri
     On March 9th, in America we set our clocks forward.  But it is also the time to change that battery in your smoke detector.  As a crew member aboard Titanic, I found out that Titanic had a unique fire detection system, like a Victorian Smoke detector!    Near the bridge was a sort of headquarter fire station with a fireman on duty 24 hours a day, never moving more than 6 feet away from his post.  

There was a tube-like system of little tubes that all came to this main position with an airtight glass case that contained a small filament of foil inside.  A suction system drew air from the little tubes making the filament vibrate.   The small tubes ran all through the ship from other stations.   The main fireman would watch the glass tube to see if the suction was working with the movement of the foil inside the glass tube. If a small ball of smoke looking like a gray wool ball appeared in the tube, it was an alarm that warned the fireman on duty.   He would immediately call on one of the 50 telephones on the ship to a deck hand on that level, to check that area and phone back with the result; like a dispatch of sorts.  Fire hoses and hydrants were placed in key areas.   I found this quite interesting to know that safety was thought of, in case of a fire.   
So as we spring forward in time to 2014, review your own fire safety in your homes. Make sure you have placed fire hydrants in key areas, you have the local fire station phone number in your cell phone, and batteries changed in your smoke detectors! And if you are part of the Titanic crew, lookout for icebergs!

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