With so many new inventions created every day sometimes it is easy to overlook the fact that world has changed dramatically over the past coupe of hundred years. There are many inventions that we think of as universal today, but that simply did not exist going back a couple of generations. Here are four amazing inventions that safe lives every single days, as well as three others that could become commonplace in the world of tomorrow.

        Four inventions already saving lives

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  1. Fire sprinklers

Did you know that the first sprinkler system was installed in 1812? The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, which had been plagued by fires over the years, installed a sprinkler system, and the world has never looked back. Today the sprinkler system has been upgraded and optimised and an astonishing 40 million new sprinklers systems are installed in domestic and commercial properties every year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) if a fire starts in a building with correctly fitted sprinkler protection, there is no need for any other fire safety protection to contain the blaze in more than 96 per cent of cases. Despite this astonishing life-saving statistic, sprinklers are not mandatory in every country.

  1. Three-pin plugs

If you travel abroad, you’ll probably find yourself facing a plug sockets that look very different from the ones in the UK. In fact, some Brits even believe that our country might be behind the times, given that our three-pin plugs are so large and clunky compared to the smaller plugs used throughout most of Europe and the USA. But the fact is that this design is actually extremely safe.

The first major safety feature is that the dangerous live and neutral prongs of the socket are gated physically; the longer prong (at the top of the triangle) is used to unlock the other terminals, which makes them safe. Additionally, there are built-in fuses that automatically shut off the supply if your socket should experience a surge.

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  1. Life jackets

The invention of the modern life jacket is attributed to Captain Ward of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – he created a cork vest for use by lifeboat crews all the way back in 1854. Today, life jackets are known by a range of different names include the personal floatation device (PFD), as well as the life preserver and buoyancy aid. But no matter what name you give it, the jacket is saving lives daily.

Commonly found in water sports as well as available onboard any vehicle that crosses water, life jackets are a legal requirement in many of these cases. Of course, there are many different types depending on the situation, including those that are designed for water-based activities and those only usually deployed in emergencies.

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  1. Seatbelt

Do you wear your seatbelt at all times when you are in the car? If you don’t then you should – it’s not just a legal requirement, it could save your life (or even someone else’s). Vehicles didn’t actually contain seatbelts until as late as 1949, and the modern three-point configuration that we all accept as standard was not adopted until the 1970s.

Wearing a seatbelt become a legal requirement in 1983, and government statistics estimate that seatbelts have saved around 60,000 deaths and 650,000 serious injuries over that time. Don’t take your seatbelt for granted!

Three inventions for the future

  1. The Hovding

Described as the ‘first airbag for urban cyclists’, the Hovding allows cyclists to ride without a helmet. This is a collar worn around the neck which inflates into an airbag-style helmet if it senses that the rider has been involved in an accident.

This is an attempt to improve safety for cyclists, as well as providing a feeling of being able to ride free, without an uncomfortable helmet on.

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  1. The Seabin

The Seabin might not be saving human lives, but it is undoubtedly saving the lives of many marine species. This is essentially a floating rubbish bin that this is designed to attract and then collect any floating rubbish, oil or debris. Funded on Indiegogo, there is a plan in place to deploy bins in areas of the ocean with significant human traffic.

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  1. The LifeStraw

It might be the case that you take clean drinking water for granted. That’s why it is so shocking to hear that there are still in excess of 800 million people around the world who simply don’t. For people who no access to clean drinking water there are significant risks of illness and disease. The LifeStraw is an invention that is designed to purify water that travels through the straw.

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