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Incident round-up 31 July

Date : 31 July 2017

At 19.24 yesterday (30 July) three appliances from Roedean and Brighton were sent to Ashdown House, in Brighton, following reports of smoke from a boiler. The fire was out on arrival and time was spent cutting away following the incident.

At 4.01 this morning (31 July) two Brighton appliances were sent to Mount Pleasant, in Brighton, after reports of a person shut in a lift. The crew rescued one person.

False alarms:

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to three false alarms overnight:

  • At 21.13 yesterday (30 July) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to a property in Seaside, Eastbourne, following reports of a system fault, which sparked a fire alarm. A Home Safety Visit was carried out at the property.http://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/
  • At 4.34 this morning (31 July) Newhaven firefighters were sent to Phylis Avenue, in Peacehaven, due to a fire alarm sounding caused by a faulty detector.
  • At 5.17 this morning (31 July) Hove firefighters were sent to Hangleton Road, in Hove, where a fire alarm was sounding caused by a faulty detector. A Home Safety Visit was carried out at the property.

Help us to reduce false alarms

False alarms divert our crews from real emergencies. If you have an alarm, you can help reduce false alarms.

  • 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.

Home safety visits

We are committed to helping people stay safe in their homes. One of the ways we do this is by carrying out Home Safety Visits.

These are offered to people who are most at risk from fires in their homes.

Our specially trained staff will visit your home and give you advice on how to reduce the risk of having a fire.

Contact us if you or someone you know would like to find out more: 0800 177 7069.


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