Today, everything is going wireless including the fire and life safety industry. Most facility managers have heard of wireless fire alarm panels, but many aren’t familiar with wirelessly monitored fire extinguishers. This technology provides a viable alternative to monthly fire extinguisher inspections. This quick overview explains more about the technology, its’ advantages, and may help you decide whether to consider it for your facility.
Wireless monitored fire extinguishers have been available for several years and are gaining traction in the marketplace. The technology monitors fire extinguishers for pressure, obstruction, and removal from its’ mount. The facility’s maintenance staff receives a notification when there’s a problem. Additionally, the technology is compatible with most fire alarm systems.
Monitoring fire extinguishers 24/7 eliminates monthly fire extinguisher inspections for a facility’s staff. These inspections can take a few hours each month in large facilities. Wirelessly monitored fire extinguishers provide staff with time to address other areas of the facility. In some facilities, such as hospitals, mobile medical devices, hospital beds etc. often obstruct fire extinguishers. This technology alerts the staff about obstructed fire extinguishers so that they can fix the problem. Additionally, in places where vandalism may occur, such as a college campus, you’ll know immediately when someone removes an extinguisher from its’ mount. This prompts the staff to take steps in order to prevent fire extinguisher theft.
Overall, wirelessly monitored fire extinguishers eliminate code violation fines such as failing to perform monthly inspections, obstruction, and missing extinguishers. You may want to consider installing wirelessly monitored fire extinguishers if you frequently receive fire extinguisher code violations or maintain a large facility. In most situations, facilities will see a return on their investment in a few years.