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Mobile wireless fire safety

VPS Site Security, have added a wireless emergency system (WES) to offer fire safety and evacuation warning to their rental products and services.

The company says that its VPS FireAlert Wes+ (‘Wes plus’) already has 50,000 units operating on some of the biggest and most high profile construction projects in Europe, including Cross Rail and Heathrow. Bthat uilding companies have selected the product to protect their sites include Vinci, Bouygues, Balfour Beatty, Skanska UK, Kier and Morgan Sindall.

On construction sites, a spark from a sander, an abrasive chopsaw, a blow torch or ash from a cigarette can ignite common and flammable construction materials like wood, solvents, packaging and fuel. Last year, for example, a fire swept through the top floor of the Paris Ritz Hotel during refurbishment, and 150 building workers evacuated from the site. More recently, a fire destroyed a seven storey apartment building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The VPS FireAlert Wes+ mobile wireless fire safety and evacuation product is CE marked and compliant with all key safety guidelines and legislation, towards meeting the legal requirements and recommendations of insurers, the product firm says.

As a construction site changes, the units can be moved to cover the new dynamics of the site. Up to 250 units can be networked wirelessly, and the base station automatically performs silent alarm tests with each unit regularly. An online APP allows the fire safety officer to check the network’s status.


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