National Fire Prevention Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month, the perfect time to make sure your employees are all on the same page about fire safety. Having a fire plan in place is an OSHA and NFPA requirement and should include answers to the following questions: Do you have predetermined, clearly posted evacuation routes? Does everyone know where the fire extinguishers are and how to properly use them? Are your sprinklers and alarms tested regularly? Certain regulations extend not only to existing buildings, but also to all phases in the construction of new buildings. With the constantly evolving structure of a construction site, maintaining adequate fire protection poses a unique challenge – one that is best solved with a 21st century solution.
Technology specialist Ramtech Electronics has developed, through extensive research and in close partnership with some of the world’s leading construction companies, an award-winning wireless fire alert system that easily adapts to constantly changing environments. The WES3 Evacuation and Emergency System provides a simple, fast, and secure way for your team to be alerted at the time of a fire or medical event. According to Lieutenant Chris Towski of the Cambridge, Massachusetts Fire Department, utilizing this technology for early detection can be the difference between life and death:
“As a fire safety advocate for buildings under construction I have learned how challenging the protection of personnel and property can be during vulnerable stages of the project. It seems appropriate to have products available that not only take advantage of the current innovations and technologies, but offer future capabilities for expansion as well. Finding these products in place, used correctly, should assist the fire service with having real-time information and early notification to improve their duties and responsibilities for getting the job done.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that more than 6,000 fires occur each year on construction and major renovation sites, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of property damage and multiple lives lost.
In a world obsessed with the Internet of Things, it only makes sense that we would harness the power of the Cloud to keep us safe from emergencies and disasters when – and even before – they happen. WES3 units can be placed at strategic points on any job site so that, when linked with REACT, create a secure network incorporating manual call points and automatic smoke and heat sensors.
WES3 units can be placed at strategic points on any job site to create a secure network that incorporates manual call points and automatic smoke and heat sensors, which send all feeding information back to the WES CONNECT device. The WES CONNECT device allows offsite notification, as well as communicating the with cloud-based REACT app, giving an unlimited number of personnel real-time notifications wherever they are in the world.
Completely wireless and battery powered, the WES3 units are quick and easy to position, relocate, and remove, and there’s no need to deactivate the system to do so. This system is customizable to any size project; and when the project is complete, reused on your next project.
Engineered to reduce false alarms, proven to withstand harsh site conditions through rigorous testing, and heat and dust resistant, the units have a three-year battery life under normal usage, reducing maintenance costs and waste on site. Now available in the U.S. and 20 other countries, the system meets strict European Union standards and has been specified on a number of high-profile sites including Scotland Yard, the US Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins University, and the San Francisco International Airport. It’s used by over half of the top 100 construction firms in the UK.
In 2017, a massive fire on a construction site in Oakland, CA was detected on satellite. In other words, it blazed so hot that it could be seen from space. If NFPA 241, the standard for fire safety on construction sites, had been properly applied, this and many other costly site fires all over the US may have been prevented or at least caught before the majority of the damage could be done. A large part of implementing a fire mitigation program includes effective monitoring of the site 24/7, not just while work is being done. WES3 can do this, from your current job site to the next.
Ramtech Electronics is passionately dedicated to safety solutions. It’s evident in their commitment to ISO9001 quality certification, in their engineering innovation, and in the full range of support they offer to back their products. Don’t wait - protect what’s important now by taking advantage of National Fire Prevention Month to install this flexible system. Learn more at wessafety.com