Last week, well-known maker, Andy Birkey, had a fire in his workshop that destroyed it completely. He is now starting to dig out from the rubble to rebuild his work life. Friends and colleagues have created a GoFundMe to help him get back up and running ASAP.
As you might imagine, in rebuilding, Andy is now a little preoccupied with fire safety going forward. In a recent Instagram Reel update on his shop rebuild (follow him as he reports on his progress), he recommends a fire and CO2 alarm system from X-Sense. It is an RF network of 6 detectors that talk to each other (with a net of 24 possible). If he’d had a couple of these in his shop and some in his house, they would have alerted him early to the fire and possibly saved some or all of his garage shop.
These 6 detectors aren’t cheap ($229 with coupon), but as he points out in his video, shops aren’t cheap, either.
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