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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice to residents and businesses in the local area after a spate of false alarm callouts.
Fire crews attended 16 false alarm calls between 7am on 2 October and 7am on 3 October, the majority of which were linked to system faults with alarms of accidental activation.
The fire service issued the following advice:
- Remember, fire alarm systems are there to alert occupants to the fact that there may be a fire and depending on your fire risk assessment and emergency plans, it is normally appropriate to investigate first and only to call the Fire Service if / when there are any signs to indicate that there is actually a fire.
- If you have an automatic alarm system, make sure it is installed properly, that you know how it works and it is serviced regularly by a competent person. The British Standards Institute's BS 5839 has recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. If these are followed, a false alarm issue is unlikely to occur.
- Best practice requires that false alarms are logged and investigated so that any patterns and trends are identified and dealt with.
- Be aware that steam and dust can trigger alarms and take precautions when possible.
- Ensure staff and/or residents know what to do when the alarm goes off.
For more information about how to cut false alarms, check out the FIA’s dedicated false alarm infographic.
03 August 2020
03 August 2020