Torrence Sound: Innovations in Alertness Chronicles the Surprising History of Fire Alarms
In a journey through time outlined in the article “THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF FIRE ALARMS” on TFP1, unravels the captivating evolution of fire alarms from their humble beginnings. Dating back to the mid-17th century, the original fire alarms were people equipped with bells and buckets, wandering New York City to warn communities—a less-than-efficient method.
The turning point came in 1852 when Dr. William F. Channing and Moses Farmer introduced the first non-human fire alarm, utilizing telegraphic keys and handles. While an improvement, this system had its limitations, prompting further innovations. In 1890, Francis Robbins Upton, with assistance from Thomas Edison, pioneered the first electrical fire alarm system, marking a significant milestone in fire safety technology.
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