GOVERNMENT & EDUCATION

University Reduces Costs By $250,000 by Installing New Smoke Alarms 

Challenge:

A university maintenance department was looking to update their smoke and CO alarms, as they had not been updated for 9 years. In addition, the old alarms became costly and time consuming to maintain.  The maintenance staff was replacing 9V batteries every 6 months, at a cost of $2 per battery, with a cost of $5 in labor, per alarm and detector.

Solution:

Based on the university’s needs, LineDrive recommended Kidde 10-year alarms, with specific options that would allow for the appropriate solutions to be installed throughout the university.  These solutions included a battery-only option as well as a hardwired option.  The alarms and detectors from Kidde resulted in time savings, cost reduction, labor efficiency, reduction of liability concerns, and the elimination of frequently annoying low-battery chimes.  

Documented Risk Avoidance:

Over the course of the 10-year life of the alarms, LineDrive will have helped the university save over $250,000 in battery and labor costs.   Environmentally, we are significantly reducing the amount of batteries being sent to landfills each year. 

Battery Operated Alarms - 738 alarms purchased at $40 per alarm. Standard alarm is $25 per alarm. 2 batteries at $2 per year plus $10 in labor. Total cost savings $100,000.*

 

Hardwired Alarms - 1300 alarms purchased at $50 per alarm. Standard alarm is $34 per alarm. 2 batteries at $2 per year plus $10 in labor. Total cost savings $150,000 *  

 

* By purchasing a solution from Kidde that cost more at initial purchase time, the university will see a lower total cost of ownership over the 10 year period.