People are all only too familiar with the “Hands, Face, Space” mantra intended to help control the spread and risk of Covid-19. Obviously, this means it has never been more important to ensure that surfaces are kept clean.
This includes items such as Nittan fire alarm control panels, which have controls and touch screens used by engineers and end-users when operating them. But as with all electronic equipment, the materials used to clean them need to be chosen very carefully.
Nittan was established in 1972 in the UK and has grown to become a major force in the EMEA fire protection industry. With the extensive support facilities of their Tokyo parent company, Nittan Europe now supplies in excess of 500,000 detectors per year, all of which are made to marine standard for exceptional quality.
Nittan Europe has produced the Technical Guidance Sheet TGS-28 with the recommendations for cleaning all of the range of control panels. Nittan would appreciate that these recommendations be adhered to, ensuring no damage to the hardware, nor loss of operation or functionality of the life safety products:
Control panel enclosures in general can be gently cleaned using a soft dry cloth to remove dust
and dirt. If the enclosure is heavily contaminated, moisten the cloth and gently clean using a light
Avoid getting detergent on the controls, touch screen or in the interior of the control panel.
Precautions with respect to the Evolution 1 Colour Graphic LCD touch screen display.
(Extracted from the display manufacturers data sheet)
If the display surface becomes contaminated, breathe on the surface and gently wipe it dry with a
soft cloth. If it is heavily contaminated, moisten the cloth with one of the following solvents:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Ethyl alcohol
Solvents other than those mentioned above may damage the polarizer.
Especially do not use the following:
- Aromatic solvents
Extra care to minimise corrosion of the electrode, Water droplets, moisture condensation or a
current flow in a high humidity environment accelerates corrosion of the electrode.
Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, International Fire Buyer
Tel: +44 (0) 1622 823 922