Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fire Control in Edisonís Time... and Today
A standpipe at each location had a hose rack and a reel with 100 feet of 2-inch hose. The standpipes were located at:
. The Main House
. The Guest House
. The Caretakerís Cottage
. The Original 1886 laboratory
. A location on the east side of McGregor Boulevard
Several of these standpipes can still be seen today, including those at the Main House and Guest House.
Fire control was enhanced in 1919 when five portable Pyrene fire extinguishers were installed inside of the following areas, and chemical extinguishers hung outside of:
. Thomas and Mina Edisonís bedroom
. Sitting Room
. Dining room
. Caretakerís Cottage garage bay
Today, historic structures
When fire or smoke is detected, tiny water droplets and pressurized gas are delivered. As the droplets contact fire, they convert to steam, absorbing energy from the surface of burning materials. As the steam expands, it lowers the fire temperature and prevents oxygen from reaching the fire, which smothers it.
In addition, the porches of the Edison houses feature a water sprinkler system to extinguish any fire outside, along with portable fire extinguishers.
Location. 26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. The marker is inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2340 McGregor Blvds, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on November 6, 2015.)
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