Thursday, September 1, 2011

JUSTICE Will Save Lives: The Fire Safety Kit is Now Availabe

One of JUSTICE's primary services is to put fire safety kits in the hands of students studying abroad. Thanks to our talented webmaster, Omid Zad, the JUSTICE online store is now complete so that students can order these personalized kits at a reduced price. We also offer free kits to students demonstrating financial need.

I cannot emphasize how much research went into selecting the specific equipment for our kits. We wanted a balance of affordable, functional, portable, and most importantly, reliable. Below are specific descriptions of each item in our online store.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarm and Escape Light

This battery operated smoke alarm reduces nuisance alarms from cooking smoke and shower steam due to photoelectric smoke sensing technology. The included escape light illuminates a path to safety when in alarm. A mute feature silences nuisance alarms from cooking smoke or shower steam. A single button also tests alarm functions. The alarm has an easy access battery drawer so there is no need to remove alarm from ceiling to change the battery. The alarm includes a 10-year limited warranty and meets UL standards. JUSTICE highly recommends purchasing the alarm with the 10-year battery, but you should always check your alarm once a month.

We suggest that you purchase your smoke alarm/emergency light before your departure so you have it from the moment you move in. We can ship kits to your home prior to departure, or to the Study Abroad Office at your host university.

Where To Place Smoke Alarms?

One in every bedroom, and at least one on every level of the home.

  • Bright escape light, activates with alarm to illuminate a path to safety.
  • Photoelectric smoke sensing, optimal protection from smoldering fires. Plus, reduces false alarms like those caused by cooking fires and shower steam.
  • Mute button, mutes unnecessary alarms immediately. Also tests alarm function with same button.
  • Eco-friendly, completely recyclable as an electronic device.
  • Easy-access battery door, no need to remove alarm from ceiling to change battery.
  • Optional theft-prevention lock, when activated, batteries and/or alarm cannot be removed without proper tools.
  • 9v battery included.
  • Loud 85db alarm.
  • 10-year limited warranty, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years for maximum protection.
  • Meets UL217 standard.
Fire Extinguisher

It is unsafe to extinguish most fires with water. Instead, a fire extinguisher will safely put out a fire before it can grow. Checking a fire safety kit as extra baggage can cost between $50 and $200 depending on the airline. You can also pay our international shipping rate to have your kit shipped to the Study Abroad office at your host university.

These extinguishers are usually rated for multiple-purpose use. They contain an extinguishing agent and use a compressed, non-flammable gas as a propellant. Dry chemical extinguishers are rated for use in A, B, and C fires.

Dry chemical extinguishers put out fires by coating the fuel with a thin layer of fire retardant powder, separating the fuel from the oxygen. The fire retardant powder works by suffocating the fire, inhibiting the release of combustible vapors and interrupting the combustion chain reaction, which makes these extinguishers extremely effective. Watch the following video to learn how to use your fire extinguisher.

Balcony Fire Escape Ladder

Kletterfix fire escape ladders are compact and can be deployed quickly. They can be used where standard escape ladder hooks cannot be placed over the wall/sill safely or when the ladder needs to be hooked over a balcony railing. In an emergency the strong metal hook of the ladder is hooked either over a wall-mounted steel bar attached underneath or above the window or the hook is placed over a balcony railing. Where needed, the wall-mounted bar is fitted to the wall with strong screws (provided). Size of the bracket: 305x70mm.

Kletterfix is the most compact metal fire escape ladder in the world. It is made in Germany from steel rope and aluminium rungs. This mobile rescue ladder is TÜV-certified to the German standard BGI 638 and is used in over 50 countries by individuals, Fire Brigades and Rescue Services.

The Kletterfix escape ladders come in different lengths and you can choose ladders with or without distance pieces designed to keep the rungs off the wall and therefore offering your feet a better hold. However, if you descend from a protruding balcony, no distance pieces are required, as there is no danger of the feet pushing against a wall. But whenever using the ladders for the escape from a window or along a wall surface you will need the ladder version with distance pieces.

Fireproof Multilevel Escape Ladder

A fire escape ladder is essential in any building that does not provide its own fire escapes. We suggest the Saf-Escape Fire Escape Ladder because you can store it in a compact place, and the metal ladder is fireproof in the event of an escape. Checking a fire safety kit as extra baggage can cost between $50 and $200 depending on the airline. You can also pay our international shipping rate to have your kit shipped to the Study Abroad office at your host university. Be sure to review the following information to be sure that you pick the appropriate ladder size.
  • Window width should be a minimum of 13"
  • Suitable for most standard windows
  • 11.5 inch wide rungs
  • Chain tension tested to 1000 pounds in weight
  • Manufactured of heavy duty zinc plated 18 gauge steel
  • Designed for quick & easy deployment with tangle free steel link chains
  • Ladders store easily under bed or window
  • Stand offs included to keep ladder away from building (quantity varies by model)
  • Stand offs MUST be assembled by customer prior to use.
  • Adjustable positioning of the stand offs can help avoid windows beneath escape.

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