Increase Student and Campus Safety by Reducing False Fire Alarms
False fire alarms continue to be a strain for the fire service, schools, businesses, and the public. Most buildings often indicate false fire alarms are among their biggest fire safety challenges.
With safety being a main concern in today’s world, it is vital to have minimal interruptions to students, staff and structure. Campuses have a responsibility to keep visitors secure, and a failure of that obligation can put everyone involved at risk.
When a student, teacher, or guest enters an educational institution, the assumption is they are protected from safety hazards and are in a secure environment. There are several situations and instances that can put innocents in danger, and if a safety-related incident occurs, these factors are magnified and institutions may be held liable.
False fire alarms pose to be a threat to buildings and guest security. A few easily maintainable building upgrades can help make false alarms—and other safety concerns—avoidable.
Preventing false fire alarms saves possible municipal fees and helps reduce building disruptions, lost revenue, saves lives, stops unnecessary gatherings that break COVID-19 social distancing standards, and a loss of productivity from employees, staff members, and students. Safety Technology International (STI) started as a solution to this problem over 40 years ago.
Decrease false fire alarm risks with STI’s Universal Stopper® protective polycarbonate cover. The cover fits over manual pull stations and when lifted, it flashes and a loud warning horn sounds locally. Immediate attention is drawn to the area and the prankster will either run or be caught before a false alarm is pulled. It offers excellent protection against false fire alarms, physical damage (both accidental and intentional), dust and grime as well as severe environments inside and out and does not restrict legitimate alarms from being activated.
With 2-10 million bacteria on a person’s fingertips, commonly touched surfaces are a breeding ground for germs. A door handle is one of the most touched surfaces. Using a touch-free button is an easy solution to help reduce viruses. STI’s NoTouch® IR Switches help reduce the spread of germs. To exit/enter a building without touching the door, a person must simply wave their hand in front of the touchless button. The infrared detects the motion and unlatches the door, preventing germs from transferring to hundreds of hands and surfaces. Constructed of medical/food grade 304 stainless steel or cast aluminum, the switches include a dual color status LED.
Safety and quick reaction time have also become a greater concern for schools and universities. STI’s easy-to-use lockdown push buttons allow a user to perform an effective and confident action when needed. The multipurpose buttons are available in six colors, offered with lockdown, emergency or custom labeling, and several switch choices, including weather resistant.
STI also offers strong and durable wire guards to protect smoke detectors, exit signs, clocks, strobes, speakers and more.
Rely on STI® for covers, cages, alarms and buttons. For more information on Safety Technology International’s solutions to school and university campus problems, visit their website www.sti-usa.com/cs78 or call 248-673-9898.
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