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Overnight Incident Round-Up 14 October

Date : 14 October 2019


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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a number of false alarms, which businesses and residents are being asked to help reduce. 

False alarms divert our crews from real emergencies. If you have an alarm, you can help reduce these types of call-outs. 

  •  At 17:39 yesterday (13 October)  East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a false alarm in Binder Lane, Hailsham. 
  •  At 17:54 yesterday (13 October) East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a false alarm in Cedars Gardens, Brighton. 
  • At 18:54 yesterday (13 October) an appliance was sent to Bohemia Road, in Hastings, where firefighters extinguished a tree fire. 
  • At 19:20 yesterday (13 October) firefighters were sent to a false alarm in The Martlets, in  Crowborough. 
  •  At 19.37 yesterday (13 October) firefighters were sent to a false alarm in Station Road, Portslade. 
  • At 20:59 yesterday (13 October) two crews were sent to a false alarm in Beaufort Road, in St Leonards, caused by fumes from cooking. 
  • At 21:05 yesterday (13 October) firefighters were sent to a false alarm in Braybrooke Road, Hastings. 
  • At 23:15 yesterday (13 October) an appliance was sent to a property in the High Street, Lewes, where firefighters tackled a rubbish bin fire. 
  • At 02:00 this morning (14 October) a crew were sent to a fire in the open in Pilot Road, Hastings. 
  • At 03:07 this morning (14 October) firefighters were sent to a false alarm in Providence Place, Brighton. 
  •  At 04:29 this morning (14 October) firefighters were sent to a false alarm at a property in Beacon Road, Crowborough. 
  •  At 04:49 this morning (14 October) an appliance was mobilised to a false alarm in Providence Place, Brighton. 
  • At 06:12 this morning (14 October) an appliance was mobilised to a false alarm in Robertson Street, Hastings.  

How to 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.
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