Common Causes of False Fire Alarms

False fire alarms signals can lead to business disruptions, a loss of productivity and money, and a draining of fire response team resources. They could possibly cause the fire department to respond to a false alarm when there is a real emergency going on in another area. This could result in a huge loss of both property and life. It is important that all business and building owners understand the causes of false fire alarms and what can be done to proactively prevent them in their facility.

Here are a few of the top causes of false fire alarms:

  • Activation of Smoke Detectors – Things like cooking fumes, steam, and dust build-up can all falsely activate smoke detectors. It is important that you and your employees are mindful of the location of the detectors when dealing with smoke as a result of cooking or other means. Detectors that are easily activated should always be inspected by a fire professional to ensure that they are in proper working order.
  • Malfunctions Due to Age – Another reason why fire alarm systems start to malfunction is age. Fire alarm systems must be properly maintained, inspected, and repaired by professionals in order to avoid issues. Systems require replacement after a specific amount of time determined by the manufacturer. Generally, most detectors should be replaced after 10 to 15 years, but you do not have to wait for that amount of time. Should your components begin to fail and start triggering false alarms, you should have them replaced as soon as possible.
  • Manual Error – Sadly, one of the most common causes of false alarms is vandalism to break-glass call points. Should you and your fire safety professional choose to use this type of alarm trigger, be sure to have them placed in areas that are not prone to vandalism and secure. Accidents do also occur and these points can be hit by mistake with equipment, so plan where these stations will be installed accordingly to avoid any issue.

False fire alarms can be costly mistakes for businesses and fire departments alike while also putting lives at risk. Ensure the safety of those in your building and your city by ensuring that your fire protection system is always in working order with regular inspections by a fire professional. At A Total Solution, Inc., we perform quarterly, semi-annual, and annual fire alarm inspections for commercial and residential properties, including assisted living facilities, schools, department stores, warehouses, and many other types of businesses and buildings. Contact our team today to schedule your inspections to avoid any false alarms!

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