Rep. Sykes Announces State Funding To Evaluate Essential Workplace Safety Infrastructure
Assessment of Akron government building will help ensure worker safety

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the approval of $240,000 in state funds to conduct comprehensive evaluations and assessments of the pre-action fire sprinkler systems in certain government owned facilities. The Oliver R. Ocasek government office building in Akron will undergo a full evaluation by Prater Engineering Associates, a firm selected based on their years of experience with similar systems.

“The safety of our workers is of the utmost importance,” said Sykes. “The Oliver R. Ocasek government office building is well known for having exceptional energy efficient operations. This evaluation will help ensure that essential workplace safety infrastructure is up-to-date and running efficiently and effectively to keep our workers safe.”

Pre-action fire sprinkler systems provide an added level of protection against inadvertent discharge by employing a basic dry pipe system which requires water to be released into the pipes only when an independent flame is detected. This type of safety infrastructure is often installed in water sensitive environments such as fine arts rooms, computer centers and libraries.

The Oliver Ocasek government office building was built in 1984 and houses approximately 500 state, city and county employees. It has previously earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy performance.

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