Month: April 2017

AEDs Save Lives in the Workplace

Approximately 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur in the workplace each year. The average response time for emergency responders, once 911 is called, is 8 to 12 minutes. Waiting for the arrival of emergency responders results in survival rate of only a 5-7%.

Sudden cardiac arrest can occur to anyone at anytime. Many victims have no prior history of heart disease and are stricken without warning. Additional dangers in the workplace, such as electrocution or asphyxiation while working in a confined space, can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and, with the proper training, can be operated by anyone. An automated external defibrillator analyzes the heart rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electric shock to restore proper heart function. Immediate defibrillation at a sudden cardiac arrest has shown a 60% survival rate one year after the event.

What training is involved with having an AED?

Having an AED in your workplace can save lives. AEDs are compact, battery operated, and easy to use. Your staff will be trained on using the AED and responding to a medical emergency. This training includes learning how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest and notify emergency responders, performing CPR, using an AED, and caring for the victim until emergency responders arrive.

Where to place your AEDs?

AEDs should be conveniently installed to ensure response within 3-5 minutes. It is important to place your AED in areas where many people work closely together, such as assembly lines and office buildings. Keeping an AED close to confined spaces can provide life-saving time for individuals who experience asphyxiation in the confined space. AEDs should be available where electric-powered devices are used, and at outdoor worksites where lightning may occur. You should also keep an AED in your company fitness center and cafeteria, and at remote worksites.

AEDs have a proven track record of saving lives in the workplace. Consider installing AEDs in your workplace.

A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Greg Lane

Fire Safety in Utility Manholes

Fires or explosions occur in manholes when CO, sewer gas, or natural gas ignites in the confined space of the underground system. A fire in a utility manhole can cause loss of life, extended system downtime, and equipment destruction.

Manhole fires are especially likely during the winter in areas where salt is used on roadways and sidewalks. The melting snow and salt filters into manholes and coating the underground electrical wiring and equipment. This salt-water mix is very corrosive and causes the wiring, transformers, and other elements of the underground electrical delivery system to deteriorate sometimes resulting in arcing exposed wires. The arcing, burning wire generates various toxic and combustible gases including high concentrations of carbon monoxide and neoprene gas, which are contained in the noxious smoke billowing out of the manhole during a manhole fire – a smoke that can itself ignite.

Because these are electrical fires and saltwater is an electrical conduit, water should not be used as an extinguishant. Flowing water into a burning manhole could result in electrocution of the firefighters on the line, and could cause an explosion. It could also force the CO in the hole through conduits to other manholes or structures.

One option for extinguishing manhole fires is an aerosol fire extinguishant such as Stat-X. There are several options for addressing manhole fires with Stat-X including first responder emergency fire suppressors and fixed systems.

Fixed Stat-X systems can be installed in manholes to activate by heat. The size of the Stat-X generators is determined by the cubic volume of the manhole. The generators are bracketed near or at the top of the manhole, aimed down to discharge and completely flood the space with the extinguishant. There are Stat-X systems which are capable of withstanding flooding that may occur in a manhole. These systems utilize a NEMA 6P rated enclosure and seal tight conduit to protect the panel from water intrusion due to occasional full submersion.

First Responder Stat-X systems are compact generators designed to be tossed into a burning manhole. The Stat-X fire suppressant is safe to be used in enclosed spaces with individuals present, so if a utility worker happens to be in the manhole when the fire ignites a Stat-X First Responder unit can be dropped into the manhole immediately. The First Responder unit will immediately suppress or extinguish the fire without harming the trapped worker.

View a video on Stat-X First Responder Training for Utilities to see how these systems can increase safety for your Utility.

Contact A1 to learn more about these life-saving options. A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Jack Menke
Jack Menke

Why have Emergency Pool Phones?

Life Safety extends beyond sprinklers and alarms. While pools are a fun family activity, there are inherent dangers in swimming pools, especially for children.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, about 390 children between the ages of 0 and 14 drown in pools and spas.

On average each year, there are a reported 4,900 pool and spa-related injuries treated at emergency rooms. While the majority of these injuries occur at residential pools, 27% of them occur at public pools or spas – that is 1,323 injuries at public pools and spas each year.

Seconds count in an emergency related to drowning. In addition to having a lifeguard or CPR certified individual at the pool, having a means of communication available at a public pool can save valuable time in an emergency. Pool phones are designed to withstand outdoor environments and chlorinated water. Pool phones are pre-programmable with 911 or other emergency services numbers.

Ohio law requires that a telephone be available within five hundred feet of each public swimming pool, public spa, and special use pool with a posted list of emergency numbers. The telephone must be available at all times the pool or spa is open for use. Emergency pool phones are available in analog, digital, cellular, and VoIP and WiFi.

Visit us online to request more information. A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Jack Menke
Jack Menke

Using a Life Safety Inspection Report

Your Life Safety Inspection report should be more than just a listing on what was inspected. This report can be a valuable document for you for record keeping, budgeting and planning, and preparing for your own inspections from your AHJ, insurance company or accreditation inspector.

 

What can you learn from your Life Safety inspection report?

 

  1. If any devices failed and why

Your Life Safety inspection report should list all devices that have been tested and inspected. You should easily be able to see any devices that failed and an explanation of why. If you have failed devices, you will need to get corrections made in order to stay compliant with NFPA and life safety standards.

  1. Request repairs from your report, and see notations for items that have been corrected since the inspection

If you have failed devices, you should be able to request a quote for repairs directly from your online report. Once repairs are complete, you can come back to your Life Safety inspection report and see notations on repaired devices. Your reports will be maintained by your Life Safety Partner, providing you with records of your Life Safety device repairs.

  1. Fire extinguisher testing schedule

Your inspection report should list out each fire extinguisher in your facility and when the next 6- or 12-year test is due for each. This information allows you to plan your budget for fire extinguisher maintenance. Of course, if you have a fire extinguisher maintenance plan, then your 6 year maintenance and recharge and 12-year hydrostatic tests and recharge are included and will not cost you anything additional.

  1. Print the full report for your AHJ, insurance or accreditation inspector.

Your Life Safety inspection report will have technical information on your systems. When you have a visit from your AHJ, insurance company, or accreditation inspector, print your full Life Safety inspection report. The technical information in your report will be used by your inspector to ensure compliance with codes, insurance regulations, or regulations with your accrediting agency.

For a complete list of what inspections are required for each system, visit A1’s inspections page, or check out our comprehensive Inspections Ebook.

If your Life Safety inspection report does not provide you with this information, speak to your Life Safety Partner about what you need or call A1. A1 is a leading expert on the latest technology in life safety. To find out more information or to ask a question, click here or call us at 1-800-859-6198.

Nick Duke
Nick Duke
A1 Inspections Supervisor