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Help us to help you by reducing false alarms!

Date : 05 February 2019

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Overnight round-up 5 February

False Alarms

Businesses and property owners are being urged to take action to help prevent false alarm call-outs, following a number of these types of incidents overnight.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were sent to false alarms in Hove, Brighton, Rye, Chailey, Battle, Beddingham, Eastbourne and Hastings.

Taking these actions could help reduce unnecessary call-outs

  • 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 things like 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.

 Find out more.


  • At 17.31 yesterday Brighton firefighters were sent to Tavistock Down, Brighton following reports of a small bonfire. Buckets of water were used to extinguish the fire.

Electrical Safety

Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger.

Just because there's no flame does not mean there's no fire risk.

Find out what to check for to ensure your appliances don't put you, your family or housemates at risk from fire.

Waste Storage

Businesses are being reminded not to leave combustible materials close to premises, which can become a fire hazard as flames can quickly spread to nearby buildings placing others at risk.

Businesses should consider this risk, within their fire risk assessment, which should address the risk of a fire on their premises affecting others in the vicinity - especially where this affects others ability to escape. Have a look at our Business Safety pages.

Chimney Safety

Residents can take precautions to prevent a chimney fire in the home including making sure your chimney is swept regularly and according to the type of fuel used. Find out more on how to keep safe, if you have a chimney, along with contact details for the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, to find a reputable chimney sweep near you.

Cooking safety advice

Did you know that more than half of accidental fires at home start in the kitchen?

Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.

For more information on how to keep safe whilst you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen.


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