• Thursday, July 18, 2024
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Expert recommends how to prevent fire accidents

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Kenneth Kamau, a professional in fire alarm systems has said having the right detectors in place would help prevent false alarms which divert fire services away from real emergencies, increasing response times and putting others at risk of harm.

Kamau made this statement known at a seminar event tagged ‘Honeywell Morley & Gent System product portfolio’ held by Honeywell Group International in Collaboration with Chrema Technologies Limited last month.

“You will need a smoke detector in such areas where the like hood source of the fire will be from smoke such as lounges, sitting rooms, bedrooms, cold rooms, hospitals, IT rooms etc.,” He said.

Kamau adds, “Like the kitchen if I put a normal smoke detector there, it will lead to false alarms. So in the kitchen area, you will need a heat detection system. You can also put it in generator areas, car packs and bathrooms.”

The professional who is also Honeywell Fire Territory Manager for East & West Africa also noted that when you put a smoke detector in a bathroom, the steam goes into the detector giving it a false fire alarm.

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Over the past three years, media reports indicate that Nigeria has experienced severe fire incidents, leading to 79 deaths out of 68 fires recorded in 18 months.Thirty-one of these were market fires and the losses are still being counted.

Last month, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Fire Service to ensure that all public building structures and markets within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the country at large have functional fire alerting systems to save lives and properties

“Fire alarm systems are primarily used to warn occupants of a fire so they can safely evacuate the building at the earliest. Insurance companies mandate companies and organizations to install a fire alarm system for insuring their business and property,” Kamau said.

The company also displayed some of its fire alarm products such as the Morley IAS (Intelligent Addressable System), Repeater Panel, Detectors, Manual Call Point, Sounder and Module

“The Honeywell Morley-IAS DX Connection panel is ideally suitable for use in the protection of small to medium sized buildings while the ZXSe Intelligent Multi-Protocol Fire Alarm Control Panel is suitable for protecting all types of medium to large properties,” the company stated.

It also noted that there were plans to organize more seminars like this within the year, where they can speak on other systems such as Building Management Systems, Guest Room management systems, etc.