What is a false alarm?
When your fire alarm system is activated two things happen:
- A visual/audible alarm goes off warning occupants
- A signal is sent to the fire and rescue service
A false alarm is… when there isn’t actually a real fire but the alarm goes off.
There can be lots of reasons, other than a real fire, why the alarm goes off:
- Cooking fumes (e.g. burnt toast)
- Steam (e.g. shower rooms, industrial processes)
- Smoking materials (e.g. cigarettes, matches, candles and incense)
- Aerosol sprays
- Hotwork from cutting and welding
- Dust build up (poor housekeeping, lack of preventative measures for dusty work such as drilling)
- Humidity and temperature change
- Accidental or malicious damage to a ‘Break Glass’ point
- Testing or maintenance – without having/following process to manage this