Tiger VOC Detector improves fire investigation time

Leading fire investigators in South Africa chose ION Science Tiger VOC detector over competitors products due to its cost, portability and uniqueness!

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Danati Fire Investigations


Tiger XT portable VOC detector


Fire Investigation

Danati Fire Investigation

Danati Fire and Safety is a leading investigator of fires and explosions covering Southern Africa. Their first professional fire investigation was performed in 2003, and they perform an average of 250 investigations a year covering vehicles, structures and shipping vessels. The growth of Danati Fire and Safety can be attributed to “word-of-mouth” between insurance companies and loss adjusters in South Africa. A small number of private individuals may contact Danati Fire and Safety for private investigations either to counter a negative insurance claim or to simply satisfy their own curiosity.

Supermarket Fire Scenario

“The biggest success of the Tiger for Danati related to a supermarket fire that was initially believed to be caused by an electrical surge following a period where the electricity was shut down. The instrument was started up, and the investigator entered the building. The Tiger immediately gave a reading, turning left, the readings dropped, and walking further into the premises caused the instrument to give an alarm. This was the first audible alarm that the instrument had given, and the readings were extremely high. Standard human olfactory sense could not detect anything above the normal stench of a three-day-old fire scene in a supermarket. Using the Tiger…

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Tiger improves fire investigation time

The instrument is extremely sensitive and will almost always give some level of reading when it is exposed to fire debris. Having exposed the instrument to fire debris on many fire scenes, I can honestly say that there are very positive and a few negative aspects to the Tiger VOC detector. Without the VOC detector, the average investigator can only rely on an interpretation of burn patterns and their sense of smell to detect the possible presence of VOCs.

Danny JoubertFire Investigator

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