According to a study completed by the Athens Ohio Fire Department (AFD) and the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department of Ohio University, the majority of nuisance alarms triggered on the campus were due to the burning of food substances in microwave ovens.
Pioneering Technology situated in Ontario declared that Ohio University witnessed a 92% decrease in responses from the fire department, when compared to the numbers last year. The decrease in responses was attributed to the installation of 4,479 Safe-T-sensors on microwave ovens in all the houses in the campus.
The Safe-T-sensor is a patent pending technology developed by Pioneering Technology. It was designed to mitigate fires and to lessen the number of nuisance calls or false alarms from the use of microwave ovens on campus. When the sensor detects any burning of food in microwave ovens, it cuts the power input to the microwave, thus avoiding an actual fire or triggering of the building’s fire alert.
According to Brent Auker, fire protection engineer, Ohio University, investing in these sensors has minimized fire runs, late night evacuations, study time interruption, response hazards, operational cost of fire equipment, campus police and personnel needed for investigation.