Ohio University invited to share best practice "Nuisance Alarm Reduction on Campus" program
Reston, VA. (May 22, 2012) - Pioneering Technology Corp.'s (TSX-V: PTE; OTC BB: PTEFF), ("Pioneering") Safe-T-sensor technology for microwave ovens was recently featured at the 2012 Vision 20/20 "Models in Fire Prevention" Symposium in Reston Virginia. Ohio University Fire Protection Engineer, Brent Auker was invited to share the success of their "Nuisance Alarm Reduction on Campus" program featuring Pioneering's Safe-T-sensor.
Ohio University and the Athens Fire Department had a significant problem related to nuisance alarms and fire department responses to campus. Ohio University presented their success story for determining the most prevalent cause of nuisance alarms on campus and then the best way to address them.
Results over the past school year (75% reduction in burnt food runs versus the annual average) means that Ohio University is exceeding its target of reducing nuisance runs over the next 3 years. Ohio expects the trend to continue resulting in a savings of approximately $222,000 and better safety for its students and first responders.
A study completed by Ohio University's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department and the Athens Ohio Fire Department (AFD) found that the majority of the fire department's nuisance alarms on campus were caused by burnt food in microwave ovens. It was estimated that there was a total cost of over $2,000 for every run that the AFD made to campus. The campus experiences over 100 AFD nuisance runs per year. More importantly, was the resulting apathy towards alarms and the resulting potential life-threatening situations. "When I hear the alarm go off, I tend to shrug it off or sigh because it's almost never real," said an Ohio University sophomore student.
In August 2010, Ohio University determined that an engineering solution that would reduce the incidents regardless of the student's actions would be a good approach. So the University through a FEMA Fire Prevention grant purchased 4,630 Safe-T-sensors to be installed in residence halls (dorm rooms). The University hoped that the Safe-T-sensors could eliminate about 100 runs over a three-year period, resulting in savings in time and money.
Ohio University found a solution that helped prevent the false alarms/nuisance calls attributed to the use of microwave ovens on campus. Pioneering's patented, Safe-T-sensor technology was designed to detect smoldering conditions in microwave ovens and then interrupt power to the microwave before it caused a fire or triggered the building fire alarm resulting in a building evacuation.
"The investment in these sensors has significantly reduced our fire runs, response hazards, late night residence evacuations, interruptions in study time and the cost of fire equipment operation, campus police and personnel required to investigate" said Auker. Auker went on to say, "We feel this was a very effective program. We not only provided a safer environment for our students and first responders but delivered substantial savings to the Athens Fire Department".
Vision 20/20 Chair Jim Crawford said, "We are very pleased at the results of the symposium, and are grateful for Ohio University's presentation which demonstrated amazing results with the Safe-T-sensor. It is precisely the kind of measurable outcome we are trying to promote to improve the professionalism of our field, and more importantly to improve fire prevention efforts here and abroad".
Ohio University plans to continue its efforts and ongoing education to new students each year to stress the importance of these devices and of the awareness of fire safety. Ohio University's Vision 20/20 presentation can be viewed at http://www.strategicfire.org/images/userfiles/files/Auker-campus%20nui sance%20alarms.pdf.
Vision 20/20's mandate is to provide a national forum for sustained, collaborative planning to reduce fire loss in the United States. The "Models in Fire Prevention Symposium 2012", attended by experts representing every state is focused on highlighting models in fire prevention that others can replicate to achieve similar results.
About Pioneering Technology Corp and the Safe-T-sensor:
Pioneering is an "Energy Smart" product innovation company based in Mississauga, Ontario, that engineers and brings to market energy smart solutions for consumer products making them safer, smarter and/or more efficient. The patented Safe-T-sensor is designed to detect burning conditions in microwave ovens shutting it off before it causes a fire or triggers a fire alarm. This compliments Pioneering's patented Safe-T-element(R) cooking system engineered to help prevent stove top cooking fires, the number one cause of household fire in North America, and to reduce the amount of electricity required to cook. Pioneering trademarks include Safe-T-element(R), Safe-T-Sensor(TM), Powergrill(TM), Battery Eliminator(R), Powerpak(TM) and the Hydro-free Furnace Fan(TM). For more information visit: www.pioneeringtech.com.
For Further Information contact: Kevin R. Callahan, President and CEO of Pioneering, at (905) 712-2061 ext. 222.
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