Dick Putt, Author at Capitol Electronics, Inc.

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Are You Shocked We Prevent Lightning Strikes?

January 24, 2023
CMCE Lightning Prevention inhibits the formation of lightning over a protected structure through deionization. The device absorbs excess negative and positive charges, converts them to harmless milliamps that are diverted away from the protected structure through grounding. The device is constantly active and does not need power to operate. The unit is installed 6 feet...
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Tips for Outdoor Warning Siren Service & Maintenance

January 18, 2023
Annual inspections are an important step in ensuring your outdoor warning sirens are working properly. Capitol Electronics has been a valued partner and manufacturer rep. for Federal Signal Corporation’s Alert Notification Division since YR-2002.  Outdoor warning siren customers ask "what is the best practice for maintaining and servicing sirens?" Here are a few tips to...
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Siren control in the palm of your hand.

Activation and Control in the Palm of Your Hand

January 13, 2023
CommanderOne Bringing siren activation, monitoring, and control to anybody at any time. Federal Signal's CommanderOne is the latest innovation that allows you to connect with your most critical asset anytime, anyplace. The CommanderOne cloud-based platform enables you to monitor and control your warning sirens from any desktop or mobile device. It offers real-time data with actionable insights,...
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Why Sirens Should Not Be Overlooked as an Effective Threat-to-Life Warning System

January 5, 2023
Prepare for Severe Weather with outdoor warning sirens. Outdoor warning sirens serve many functions in protecting communities and are sometimes overlooked as an effective threat-to-life warning system. Serving more than the function of a tornado warning system, outdoor sirens warn of any life-threatening event, including the approach of dangerous hail, strong winds, rotational cloud formations,...
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Proactive Ways to Spend End of Year Funds

December 6, 2022
The end of the year is upon us and many companies still have funds to spend. There are proactive ways to spends funds that will save money in the long run, provide an extra layer of safety and security, as well as add value. Municipalities, school systems, and companies alike are left with funds that...
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30 Tornadoes Rip Through the South

November 30, 2022
In the news today is the deadly severe weather outbreak in the South. It has been reported at least 30 tornadoes ripped across three states (Louisiana, Mississippi, & Alabama). We can’t prevent severe weather – but we can be prepared for when it hits. Be Prepared - Contact us Today
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Warnings Save Lives

November 22, 2022
USA has more EF4 or EF5 Tornadoes Than Any Other Country According to Wikipedia, more violent tornadoes, EF4 or EF5, occur more often in the USA than in any other country. Each year, there are over 80 deaths and 1,500 injuries associated with tornadoes. Emergency Managers and community leaders are tasked with trying to mitigate...
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Cost-Saving Srategies for Commercial Real Estate Developers

November 17, 2022
Expert insights on best practices amid owner mandates and rapidly changing patterns of office use. Inflation, supply chain breakdowns, lower occupancy, soaring energy costs: Commercial property managers are facing no shortage of challenges. As such, the implementation of cost-cutting and expense-reducing measures in management operations, wherever they can be found, are taking on new urgency....
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Developers are Facing Unique Challenges

November 9, 2022
Challenges for Developers The construction industry is one of the largest sectors in the US economy. Nearly $1.4T worth of structures are constructed each year and employs more than seven million workers. As history has shown, the construction industry is resilient and will adapt to create a “new normal”. We can expect projects to cost...
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External Doors are a Top Security Risk in Schools

October 18, 2022
Monitor Open Doors for Safety People have been taught to be polite and hold doors for others, but when it comes to the schools, that is not what should be done. Now more than ever, schools need to increase measures to protect students. Propping doors includes using any item keeping the door from shutting and...
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Factory Safety During Hurricane Season

October 4, 2022
It’s a good time to revisit safety measures in production facilities when dealing with a hurricane.   Many organizations do not allow phones on the shop floor. They mandate they stay in the car or in the employee’s locker. This is understandable and for good reason. The phone can be a major distraction and lead to an unsafe working...
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Prevent Lightning Strikes

September 28, 2022
Approximately 40 million lightning strikes hit the ground in the United States each year and nearly 1.2 billion hit the globe. The total costs from lightning-related damage to US industry and property is estimated to be between $8 and $10 billion each year. Traditional lightning protection, the lighting rod, dates back 270 years. According to the National...
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A Lightning Target Experiences Zero Strikes

September 20, 2022
Hancock County, Indiana suffered 2 strikes within a 5-minute span in August 2016. “We have made it through 2017, 2018, and half of 2019 with no strikes, and we have had several strong storms pass through our area during that time,” said John M. Jokantas, Director of Hancock County 911. After the county’s emergency dispatch...
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The Top 5 Proactive Access Control Security Measures for Schools

September 13, 2022
School Security Systems Must Work Together When combined, different access control security technologies can provide a holistic approach to safety and help prevent incidents on campuses. Top 5 Proactive Access Control Security Measures for Schools: 1. Access Control 2. Video Surveillance 3. Automatic Door Locks 4. Threatening Noise Detection 5. Mass Notification Mass Notification by...
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Blog – Peer into the job of a First Responder

September 6, 2022
What exactly does the heroic and brave job of a first responder fully entail? Everything. What do they do? Anything and everything … really. People call 911 for anything from five-alarm fires to requests for help changing a light bulb, from cardiac arrests to paper cuts, and from bomb threats to petty disagreements. First responders...
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The Mixed Use Development Boom

August 31, 2022
Mixed-use developments are booming. As retail has evolved over the last few decades, there’s been some predictions that traditional, brick and mortar mixed-use developments would take a dive. But that’s not the case. In fact, the mixed-use market sector has remained active consistently. Why? Well for one, there’s a reason we call most developments mixed-use...
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The Physics of Lightning

August 23, 2022
Lightning is the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder. All storm clouds can create lightning.Lightning will occur when a significant charge separation builds up, also known as a  Difference...
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Latest School Technology: Wearable Panic Badges

August 17, 2022
As schools continue to look for ways to reduce risk and provide safe learning environments for students and staff, personalized safety solutions will become an important tool to aid their efforts. Capitol Electronics is committed to helping schools become safer for all. Wearable personal panic badges that integrate with mass notification systems are making it easier than...
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Curious how Lightning Protection works?  Lightning Protection from Direct Hits – Explained

August 11, 2022
Energy built up in storm clouds can send down negatively charged stepped leaders looking for positively charged upward streamers (from items such as buildings, towers, boats, homes, people, pets, – virtually anything!). Our Lightning Prevention device works to balance the electrical field by constantly draining current from the field, both positive and negative. This process...
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