We’re being urged to check our fire alarms in Eastbourne.
Fire crews were called out twice last night, once to Willingdon Road, where there was water in the detector head of the alarm, and once to North Avenue in Old Town where the alarm had gone off owing to a fault.
To help avoid false alarms, we’re being offered the following advice:
- 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.