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Overnight round-up 21st August- Help us to reduce false alarms!

Date : 21 August 2019

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Businesses and residents are being asked to help us reduce false alarms. 

Overnight, we were called to 14 false alarms in Brighton, Hove, Bexhill, St Leonards-on-Sea, Eastbourne and Lewes.

False alarms

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

Further information

  • For more information on false alarms and how to prevent them, visit: www.esfrs.org/business-safety/reducing-false-alarms/


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