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Mitigating the loss of life and property caused by homeless fires

The homeless population living close together in temporary, insubstantial housing like tent cities and shacks are at a high risk of fire burning the few possessions they have and worse, claiming their lives.
550K
People Impacted
$ 1.2T
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Detecting and reporting fires in homeless areas is difficult due to lack of resources. Homeless camps often have practical fires burning for heat and cooking that lead to unsafe conditions. They also make determining whether a fire is a threat hard, as traditional smoke detectors would be triggered by these regularly maintained fires. Detectors that are triggered by a rise in heat would be more helpful for this population. To have these heat sensing detectors also alert emergency services through would expedite getting them the help they need.

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