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Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

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by Julie M. Rodriguez last modified Nov 26, 2015

Dealing with a house fire is a nightmare scenario no matter where you live -- but in the slums of South Africa, crowded conditions and open fires used for cooking can be a recipe for disaster. On New Year's Day, 2013, three fires ripped through Cape Town's largest slum, Khayelitsha, displacing over 5,000 people. In the aftermath, a group of South African students came together to design an alert system that could stop future slum fires from raging out of control. The Lumkani Fire Detector isn't...




 

 

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Dealing with a house fire is a nightmare scenario no matter where you live — but in the slums of South Africa, crowded conditions and open fires used for cooking can be a recipe for disaster. On New Year’s Day, 2013, three fires ripped through Cape Town’s largest slum, Khayelitsha, displacing over 5,000 people. In the aftermath, a group of South African students came together to design an alert system that could stop future slum fires from raging out of control.

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