East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public about what to do if alarms sound following a number of incidents overnight.
At 20:43 on 1 August 2019, we attended an address on Sackville Gardens, Hove following reports of a fire alarm sounding. There had been a small fire which was out on arrival and no action was needed by the Fire and Rescue Service. A home safety visit was carried out.
At 21:19, one fire engine went to Bedfordwell Rd, Eastbourne. A system fault had caused the alarm to sound.
At 21:34, one fire engine attended Terminus Road, Eastbourne. A ceiling collapse on second floor staircase had activated fire alarm. There was no sign of fire or water egress. The upper floors were evacuated and made safe.
At 00:16 on 2 August, one fire engine attended Eastern Road, Brighton. A system fault had caused the alarm to sound.
At 03:40, one fire engine attended Ivy House Lane, Hastings. A system fault had caused the alarm to sound.
At 05:55, one fire engine attended Upperton Road, Eastbourne. Fumes from cooking had set off the alarm.
At 06:04, we attended Brighton Pier following reports of smoke. It was a false alarm due to controlled burning on beach under Pier.
At 06:22, one fire engine attended a hotel on Kings Road, Brighton. Fumes from cooking had set off the alarm.
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.