Protect your historic built environment from fire with WES
In August 2018, a major blaze destroyed Belfast's historic Bank Buildings that, at the time, were home to a flagship retail branch of Primark. The fire blazed for three days and resulted in disruption to city centre businesses as well as significant damage to the historic built environment of Belfast. Ruled as accidental, the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.
At Ramtech Electronics we are passionate about fire safety and strongly believe that it is important to implement the most technologically advanced fire safety measures to protect both people and the history of these important properties. In this article we review how our WES range of products can protect historic buildings from the risk of fire during renovation or construction works and from electrical fires.
Electrical fires can have devastating consequences. Older buildings can feature old wiring systems and complex electrical challenges. Hotspot has been designed specifically as a pre-ignition solution to stop electrical fires from happening, giving peace of mind to customers that their property is protected from the risk of electrical fire. It is the only product of its’ kind available in the marketplace at present and uses patented technology that’s exclusive to us.
Hotspot responds as soon as abnormal heat (80ºC ± 5°C) is detected within an electrical system. Once activated, Single and Multi-Point Sensors can either automatically isolate the circuit supply by triggering the RCD or provide a notification to an alarm panel or mobile device - long before the temperature can increase to the point of ignition.
It can be connected to virtually any system to provide nominated personnel with instant notification or disconnect the electrical supply if the site is vacated, before it results in a fire. It is suitable for use in new and existing consumer units and distribution boards.
The uses for Hotspot to prevent electrical fires are limitless and it can help make electricity safer to have in our homes and businesses. Learn more: https://www.wesfire.com/products/hotspot/
Heritage properties can be particularly vulnerable to the risk of fire during renovation works. WES3 is perfect for use in these sensitive projects because it is wireless and EN54 compliant. Often these historic buildings are of both architectural and cultural significance so ensuring they have the highest protection possible is even more important.
An example of this in practice is at Stanford Hall DNRC project where our system was specified as it could replicate Zurich Insurance’s expectation that the temporary fire alarm system should ‘mirror the hardwired system’ fitted at Stanford Hall.
WES3 system can be easily deployed or relocated without any damage to the building’s fabric or complex installation. The units are placed in accordance with the building’s fire plan – including stairwells, lift shafts, and other appropriate locations according to the plan. WES call points are interlinked, meaning that all areas receive the same audible and visual alert signal, even if the fire is contained to just one of them.
Units can be numbered allowing for easy identification in the event of any issues and enabling personnel to quickly locate any reported incidents. Heat, smoke or dust resistant smoke detectors provide 24/7 automatic fire protection when site is unattended. The system is quick and easy to deploy, it takes just a few minutes for the units to be on active duty. Learn more: https://www.wesfire.com/products/wes3/
Historic buildings can become complex construction challenges because of the sympathetic approach needed to retain their character and heritage. The REACT system has been developed specifically to provide Construction teams with a simple and secure means of communicating fire, medical and other site emergencies to affected personnel, both on and off site. It combines innovative wireless connectivity, cloud-based data and an easy-to-use mobile app to create a fully integrated emergency response system.
The intelligent system can help emergency services to locate a casualty on site quickly or accurately tackle a fire at its source. These vital minutes can help reduce the risk to life as well as lessen damage to the building.
REACT ensures project management teams receive real-time information regarding site emergencies, enabling them to make immediate decisions based on accurate data, and instantly send customised alerts out to relevant site personnel. It also collates valuable data to ensure that should an issue occur on-site there is robust information available to review. To find out how REACT can protect your heritage project visit: https://www.wesfire.com/products/wes-react/