ESFI Teams with Siemens to Support Fire Prevention Week
Siemens technology and ESFI’s proactive approach to fire safety help prevent fires in residential, commercial and industrial settings
October 11, 2016
(Arlington, VA) As part of its annual effort to promote Fire Prevention Week, taking place October 9-15, 2016, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has teamed with Siemens to help prevent and protect against fires in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. While ESFI works to raise awareness of the necessary precautions that can help eliminate electrical fire hazards, Siemens technology is at work every day to prevent fires and other catastrophic events in our living and working environments.
“Many electrical fires can be prevented by following safe practices and by equipping the home and workplace with the safety devices required by the National Electrical Code,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Siemens is on the cutting edge of developing safety products that provide critical safeguards from fires across residential, commercial, and industrial settings and we are thrilled to partner with them on this important effort.”
ESFI’s Fire Prevention Week infographic, “Prevention, It Saves Lives” helps identify and correct home fire and electrical hazards. Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of arc-fault circuit interrupters, which are devices that can prevent half of the home electrical fires that occur in the U.S. each year.
“Fire protection touches every aspect of our daily lives, not just in our homes but where we work, send our children to school, visit while traveling, or shop in our communities,” said Kevin Yates, president of Siemens Energy Management. “We’re proud to team with ESFI to help bring greater attention to how innovative technologies can protect lives every day on the manufacturing floor, mitigate the risk of devastating wildfires, enable quick building evacuation, and defend against home electrical dangers.”
In industrial settings, aging infrastructure, rapid expansion, and electrical equipment with widely varying design technologies increase the threat of arc flash and other fire safety hazards on plant floors. Siemens confronts this issue head on by designing power systems in industrial manufacturing environments need to perform safely and reliably to protect workers while helping maximize plant production.
In the event of a fire in a commercial building, Siemens provides technology to aid in faster evacuation. Partnering with Marvel Comics, Siemens will engage in Fire Prevention Week activities that highlight the importance its intelligent voice communication systems, which have been shown to help occupants evacuate three times more quickly over traditional alarm systems.
Siemens also provides technology to help protect against wildfires, which burned more than 10 million acres across the United States in 2015. Wildfires can result from many causes including faults on a utility pole that send molten metal to the ground and ignite the surrounding area. Siemens technology installed on utility poles that contains and mitigates these faults before they become a threat can protect against future wildfires and save billions of dollars in firefighting efforts and personal damage.
To learn more about electrical safety and electrical fire prevention with the many videos and interactive activities, visit ESFI’s website at http://www.esfi.org. To learn about Siemens technology that prevents and protects against fires, visit http://w3.usa.siemens.com/powerdistribution/us/en/resources/pages/fire-prevention-week.aspx?stc=usem100152&sp_source=usem100152.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 348,000 employees in more than 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $86.2 billion in fiscal 2015. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.4 billion, including $5.5 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
About Fire Prevention Week:
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.