An Improved Fire Shield.
The device illustrated herewith is the newest one in the way of a fire shield, and has been patented by George Parker of Bay City, Mich. It is meant to stop the spreading of fire, especially to or in lumber yards, while also designed to prevent the communication of the flames from one building to those adjacent to it.
The invention consists of a sheet of incombustible material provided on its side surfaces with a pliable metal covering secured to the sheet at intervals, and having upon its lower edge a perforated water pipe. It is intended to provide a fire screen, which can be readily formed into a portable package and quickly put in place between a burning lumber pile or building and near-by property endangered, which screen can be Urcpt continually showered with water from a distance when the heat would prevent the near approach of the hosemen.
In the illustrations Fig. I shows a side view in elevation and partly sectional of the fire screen extended for use. Fig. 2 is a vertical section of the same as applied to a pile of lumber. Fig. 3 gives a side view of the screen, rolled up, ready for transportation, while Fig. 4 shows an end view of the same.
The letter a represents a sheet of fire-proof or incombustible material, such as asbestos or similar material, and b are sheets of wire-netting, of any convenient construction, spread over the side surfaces of the sheet a and secured thereto in any convenient manner by a series of hooks or wires c passed through the sheet and around the wires of the netting on opposite sides of the sheet, the loops being placed at such intervals as to firmly holc^ the parts together. The upper edges of the sheet and netting are secured together in any convenient manner, one form of fastening being a strip d, of metal, bent over on each side of the screen and secured in place by eyelets e, through which are secured handles f. of wire-rope, with which to manipulate and secure the screen in position by ropes g. Upon the lower edge of the screen is secured a pipe h, of any convenient size ; bands i, of metal, bent around the pipe and with their ends riveted to the screen on opposite sides thereof, being a preferable mode of attaching the pipe. The ends of the pipe are provided with suitable devices j for attaching a hose from a hydrant thereto, and each end is also provided with a suitable plug or stopper k for closing one end of the pipe when the hose is attached to the opposite end. At intervals along the upper side of the pipe and near one side of the screen is arranged a series of small openings l, through which water under pressure may spray upon the side of the screen.
The screen is usually handled when in the rolled form shown in Figs. 3 and 4, and ts then easily stored or loaded into a vehicle for transportation to a fire. For use in saving piles of lumber the screen is lifted to the top of the pile and held by the loops f, while the screen is allowed to unroll on the side of the pile adjacent to the fire, which brings the pipe A in a convenient position for the firemen to attach a hose to one end, from which they remove the plug, while others secure the screen in place by carrying ropes or lines g across the pile and securing them to the opposite side. The water is then ejected from the pipe through the openings i upon the outside surface of the screen.