A fire extinguisher is used once every three minutes in the U.S.

Why Your FI Needs en-Gauge for Integrated Fire Safety

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The heart of banking is dedicated to protecting physical assets for account holders, but there are other protections to consider. Financial institutions nationwide must be dedicated to bottom line optimization in order to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging universe. Banks and credit unions balance a lot of demands which ultimately sap valuable resources like time and money.

When evaluating that comprehensive list of demands, some might not even consider fire safety. No doubt, however, most would agree that the issue in itself is critical. After all, poor fire safety can have a heavy price; that of human life. That said, a good number of financial institutions view equipment maintenance as a sunk cost, one that is a non-negotiable. What do we mean by that? Fire equipment compliance requires regular equipment assessment, whether by your internal team or an outside consult. Either way, while the result is certainly necessary, the cost may be more than negligible. And there is no other option.

Or is there?

Introducing en-Gauge. When it comes to the safety and security of your facility and personnel, en-Gauge from BranchServ is a comprehensive solution your locations simply can’t afford to go without. Ensure your fire safety equipment is fully deployable when quick, decisive action is critical.

What is en-Gauge?
en-Gauge is a state-of-the-art smart monitoring technology that is designed to help you effectively and comprehensively manage all of your fire safety equipment through simple automation and your existing alarm system. Utilizing truly groundbreaking recognition software, the en-Gauge system provides real-time issue recognition, alerting you to performance issues including low pressure, access blockage or equipment removal.

“A fire extinguisher is used once every three minutes in America.”

According to the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors, a fire extinguisher is used every three minutes, saving countless lives. While they overwhelmingly work and are reliable, 15% of the time they fail to function or do but are not in the proper place. A fire extinguisher must be both accessible and operational. en-Gauge eliminates performance risk by integrating with your alarm system so it is monitored round the clock — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How does en-Gauge work?
Using proprietary, multi-patented electronics, en-Gauge leverages wireless technology and 900 megahertz radio transmission to detect and signal when an extinguisher is removed from its designated location. This ensures the ability to manage ‘lost’ equipment. The Sensor Interface Module (SIM/EVM) activates in the event a unit is moved, falls or is in any other way tampered with. Notably, where wireless technology is not an option the system can be hardwired.

“The EVM does so much more than location detection.”

The EVM does so much more than location detection. It also provides notification when the internal pressure is above or below a safe operating pressure. Generally speaking, the proper range of a fully charged fire extinguisher is between 185 and 205 PSI. This is all made possible by smart technology and the activation circuitry that is housed within the EVM unit via a proprietary tether.

The result is cost savings plus reduced risk, less labor and more streamlined operations so your focus can be placed on your customers and their needs.

Why should I choose en-Gauge?
‘Safety first’ isn’t just a saying; it’s a way of life, especially when you are managing a business. But even though you may have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in place, they’re often out of sight, out of mind, opening your facility up to severe danger should there be an explosion or fire that threatens lives.

Consider these sobering facts, provided by the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors:

  • 24% of extinguishers inspected annually are not in the proper location
  • 26% of extinguishers that are inspected annually fail to operate due to pressurization problems
  • 90% of occupancies that are required to perform monthly inspections don’t complete them

Adhering to compliance protocols is uniquely important when it comes to safety equipment, and failing to do so is often a result of limited resourcing. Those who do dedicate appropriate resources to fires safety often do so at the expense of affecting other aspects of day-to-day business matters. But all of these issues are resolved seamlessly through the en-Gauge fire extinguisher monitoring system. In accordance with International Fire Code requirements, the system performs monthly checks for pressure, presence (i.e. where it’s physically located), obstructions and power. By fully integrating with your access and alarm system, compliance is continuous and can be actively monitored. This further frees up your personnel and helps to eliminate any issues involving neglect, human error or simple forgetfulness.

How often do fires affect businesses?
While residential fires are the most common of all fires, thousands of businesses are also affected by fire each year. According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 103,600 fires occur annually in offices and buildings. Roughly 11% of these derive from carelessness. Regardless of how they occur, financial losses from these fires average over $25 billion

Fire extinguishers have a singular purpose. They are not intended to be weapons, as they were during the U.S. Capitol riots in Washington. D.C. Rather, this equipment is for your safety. And en-Gauge provides you with the assurance that your fire extinguishers will be able to stifle flames quickly when needed, thereby minimizing business interruption. While ideal for financial institutions, en-Gauge is a safety solution appropriate for just about every organization that has a considerable amount of square footage. These include, but aren’t limited to, the following

  • Government facilities
  • Airports
  • Areas of Public Assembly
  • Hospitals and Emergency Rooms
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Retail/Big Box Shopping Centers
  • Grocery Stores
  • Corporate Offices
  • Power Plants
  • Much more!

How does this affect your fire equipment evaluation process and your bottom line?
With the en-Gauge system in place, your team is no longer required to dedicate the time to making the rounds to branches for regular equipment inspections or keeping accurate records to ensure compliance with code. And you don’t have to turn to pricey and intrusive third-party contractors. A solution that is fully integrated with your current systems, en-Gauge in investment that has tremendous returns.

From reducing exposure, to simplifying compliance to improving your facility’s physical and financial protection, get the gear you need for fire safety with the en-Gauge fire extinguisher monitoring system from BranchServ. Contact us today to learn more.