What is a false alarm?
A flash alarm is considered to be when the alarm is activated without a fire being present
What causes false alarms?
False alarms are usually caused by the activation of a detector or break glass. These may be accidental, deliberate (where a person believed there to be a fire), malicious, or due to ageing/faulty components. Some common causes are pictured below.
Is your fire alarm and detection system fit for purpose?
Another cause of false alarms may be due to a change in use of the premises. Detectors may need to be changed to a more appropriate type, or relocated. This should be highlighted by regular fire risk assessments, however we can assist with recommending changes to your current system.
Do you keep a log book?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) requires that the ‘responsible person’ for premises should ensure that all fire safety facilities, equipment and devices are maintained in efficient working order and in good repair, and demonstrates a commitment to fire safety legislation.
A simple fire safety log book can assist the responsible person in co-ordinating and maintaining a fire safety record keeping system. The log book should also be used for recording false alarms so that they can be investigated fully. We can review your false alarm history and assist with eliminating the number of false alarms you have.
If you do not currently have a fire safety log book we can supply one. Please contact us
* Any changes or amendments to your fire alarm and detection system should be made after carrying out a thorough risk assessment, and with consideration of the fact that changes made to reduce false alarms may increase the time to respond in the event of an actual fire.