According to CNN Money, bus transportation is regarded as one of the safest modes of public transportation. Millions of passenger’s ride safely every day via charters, tours, scheduled service, and shuttles.
Safety of Passengers
The manufacturers and operators of buses have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of their passengers. During the past several years we have witnessed the increase in the transit industries embracement and investment in fire suppression systems for board buses.
Costs Associated with a Bus Fire
An average of 2500 bus fires are reported annually, with an estimated $24.2 million lost in direct property damage each year according to an NFPA study between 1999 – 2003.
A bus fire not only puts lives at risk and can have an enormous impact on operational costs and revenue, it can also lead to a handful of serious complications, including passenger security, costs to cities or agencies, loss of capacity and traffic disruptions.
Fire Suppression Systems
Studies have shown that a fire can completely engulf a bus in under three minutes, but smoke can completely fill the vehicle in even less time.
The benefits of a fire suppression system on a bus is that it expels a fire suppressing agent that effectively stop a fire’s progression to give riders additional time to escape.
There are no current laws requiring buses in the US to include fire suppression systems, however many of today’s buses do include them and they are helpful in mitigating costly risks and complications like mentioned above.
MIJA’s 2N1 switches are a trusted source for monitoring the contents of fire suppression system and ensure that the system is ready if a fire occurs.