Isn’t technology supposed to make our lives better in ways our ancestors never thought possible? So why are we still simply fleeing from our unprotected homes as fire approaches, like people have done for eons, rather than fighting back in a high-tech manner?
Specifically, I’m talking about homeowner-applied flame-retardant foams and gels, which we sometimes hear about after fires devastate, but rarely before. Where are these products? Why does not every homeowner in a wildland area have a few gallons of this stuff in the garage along with a sprayer? Why are we not seeing images of homeowners spraying their homes with these foams and gels in advance of the fire? Unlike our other local danger, earthquakes, fires generally do announce themselves in advance.
From what I can tell, these flame retardants are nontoxic to people, pets and the environment.
But other than an ABC News story on how to protect your home as a fire approaches, there’s little mention of these foams.
Why is that? What am I missing here?
Photo of Yellowstone National Park entrance in 1988 by Jim Peaco