What can I do to prevent false alarms?

75% of our fire alarm calls are caused by 25% of our alarmed buildings. This tells us that just because you have a fire alarm system doesn't mean you are going to have false alarms. Things that can be done to cut down on false alarms include the following:

  • Fire alarm systems should be tested and cleaned on a regular basis. When something malfunctions it shouldn't be patched but repaired completely. Don't let the alarm service company cop out with an "I don't know"-get a new service company.
  • All employees should be trained on the care and feeding of the fire alarm system. When working produces dust, fumes, or steam where smoke detectors are present, the detectors should be wrapped in plastic. This not only prevents a false alarm but also protects the detector from damage. When a water pipe bursts or the roof leaks employees should be thinking about where the water is going and what damage it might do to the alarm system. Employees need to know how the system works and the difference between an actual alarm and a trouble alarm.
  • Replace worn out fire alarm systems. Nothing lasts forever. The new fire alarm systems are much higher tech than the systems that were put in 10 years ago. Most of them have verifications that double check for smoke before they activate the system.
  • Good equipment, trained employees, and a quality installation job virtually eliminate false alarms. If during a calendar year you have three or more false alarms for no apparent reason, you are probably suffering from a faulty fire alarm system. That system should be replaced.

Show All Answers

1. Can I disconnect my fire alarm system?
2. Can I stop calling the Fire Department?
3. How much will a billable false alarm cost me?
4. What can I do to prevent false alarms?
5. Will I get billed every time my fire alarm system goes off?