With firefighters dealing with three false alarms in one night in Eastbourne, we’re being asked to do our bit to help prevent them being called unnecessarily.
Two of the false alarms were due to system faults, with the third being a result of burnt food.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is offering the following advice to help prevent crews being called to non-emergencies:
- 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 things like 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.