Many false alarms result from activities carried out near to fire detectors, particularly smoke detectors.
The GOV.UK website has the following information
To prevent unwanted false alarms, you should get professional support and advice as every building is different, and different measures may be needed.
These are some of the common causes you should think about.
1. Cooking fumes and toasters
2. Steam (from shower rooms)
3. Steam (From industrial processes)
4. Smoking (cigarettes)
5. Aerosol sprays
6. Hot work/dusty work - consider how you brief anyone carrying out renovations or building work
7. Accidental and / or malicious damage to a 'Break Glass' call point
8. Testing and Maintenance - work with your alarm centre
9. Changes to the use or layout of the building - make sure your risk assessment is reviewed
10. Faulty detectors
11. Incorrect positioning of detectors
Changes to fire alarm systems should only be undertaken by a competent person or contractor. Any such changes should only be undertaken after the fire risk assessment has reviewed in light of the identified problems or changes. All changes to the fire alarm system should be documented and the appropriate certification kept in your fire safety logbook.
Fire protection products and services should be fit for their purposes and properly installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or a relevant standard. Third party certification schemes for fire protection products are an effective means of providing the best possible assurances offering a level of quality and reliability that non-certificated products may lack.
If it’s likely to set your alarm off and you can't reach the alarm monitoring company, the responsible person should contact Fire Control on 01737 499050 before starting any works or testing.
This will help us decide what course of action to take if we receive any emergency calls.
If you know that something has been done that has set off your alarm, like an accidental knock by builder, or steam from a shower, call us on 999 and let us know.