Wildfires destroyed 10.1 million acres in 2015 according to High Country News, with costs for the destruction rising to $2.6 billion by the end of the year. These frightening natural disasters are difficult to manage under even the best of circumstances and pose a threat to homes, lives, and the land itself. Modern fire safety technology is improving, but there still is much that can be done to give wildland fire response teams the upper hand in battle. The Internet of Things is a powerful weapon in this war, and a linked network of IoT devices can connect any fire team across a wide range of land to improve communications, monitoring capabilities, and allow for more agile response. Urban and suburban fire response teams already are adopting IoT throughout the country, and the time is ripe for wildfire teams to join in.
Pyrotechnic displays can be amazing to watch but, as with any explosion, there are many safety concerns and potential hindrances to watch out for. In 2016 alone, 11,000 fireworks injuries were reported in the U.S. according to the Insurance Journal. While most of these injuries resulted from misuse and user failure in backyards across the nation, even fireworks professionals are not exempt from risk.