Ohio University Receives Fire Prevention & Safety Grant For the Purchase of 4,500 Safe-T-sensors
MISSISSAUGA, ON and ATHENS, OH, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Pioneering Technology Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario (TSX-V: PTE), ("Pioneering") announces today that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $387,848 grant to Ohio University. The majority of the funds will be used to purchase 4,500 Safe-T-sensors for residence hall rooms.
"The Safe-T-sensors, which retail for about $75 each, will be installed on all microwaves in university housing facilities during the next three to six months. A study by Ohio University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) based on information provided by the Athens Fire Department (AFD) found that the majority of the fire department's nuisance alarms on campus were caused by burnt food in microwave ovens," wrote George Mauzy, Managing Editor of Compass, Ohio University's Online News source. EHS submitted the grant application to FEMA to help reduce the occurrence of nuisance fire alarms and the associated runs by AFD to university housing facilities.
"Our hope is that the Safe-T-sensors reduce Athen's Fire Department nuisance runs to residence halls by a minimum of 75 percent," said EHS Director Joe Adams. "Best case scenario is a 90-percent reduction. In the near future, we will evaluate their effectiveness." Adams said the idea to apply for the one-time grant came from meetings between AFD Chief Bob Troxel and university fire protection engineers Brent Auker and Bill Henestofel.
Adams estimated a cost of more than $2,000 for AFD to make a run to campus. If the sensors can eliminate about 100 runs over a three-year period, the resulting savings would be significant for everyone involved. "We have always worked well with Chief Troxel and the Safe-T-sensor initiative just strengthens the university's relationship with the fire department and saves everyone valuable time and money," Adams said. The remaining FEMA grant funds will be used for training and education programs for students on the new sensors and general residence hall fire safety.
The all new Safe-T-sensor, developed by Pioneering is the only technology of its kind that helps mitigate the many fires and false alarms attributed to the use of microwave ovens. The Safe-T-sensor is a patent pending technology designed to detect burning conditions within the microwave and to shut the microwave off before it causes a fire or triggers the fire alarm.
Pioneering CEO Kevin Callahan said, "We are very excited by FEMA's recognition of Pioneering's latest technology offering. Cooking fires on campuses are caused by two primary sources - stovetops and microwave ovens. Now with both the Safe-T-sensor and the Safe-T-element, Pioneering offers a combination of products to colleges and universities that help reduce cooking fires and alarms, helping make the campus environment a safer place for all."
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), microwave ovens are involved in 2,100 home structure fires per year and are responsible for more emergency room injury visits than any other cooking device.
About Pioneering Technology Corp and the all new Safe-T-sensor: ---------------------------------------------------------------
Pioneering is an "Energy Smart" product innovation company based in Mississauga, Ontario, that engineers and brings to market energy smart solutions for consumer products making them safer, smarter and/or more efficient. The patent pending Safe-T-sensor is designed to detect burning conditions in microwave ovens shutting it off before it causes a fire or triggers a fire alarm. The patented Safe-T-element(R) cooking system is engineered to help prevent stove top cooking fires, the number one cause of fire in North America, and to reduce the amount of electricity required to cook. Pioneering trademarks include Safe-T-element(R), Safe-T-Sensor(TM), Powergrill(TM), Battery Eliminator(R), Powerpak(TM) and the Hydro-free Furnace Fan(TM). For more information visit www.pioneeringtech.com.
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For further information: For further information: Kevin R. Callahan, President and CEO of Pioneering, at (905) 712-2061 ext. 222