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Unwanted Fire Signals

Users of automatic fire alarm systems are required by law to demonstrate satisfactory management of false alarms. To satisfactorily demonstrate the management of false alarms, users must log all false alarms and categorise them into one of the following five categories:

  1. Unwanted alarms- Alarms caused by fumes from cooking, steam, tobacco smoke, dust insects etc.
  2. Equipment false alarms- Alarms caused by faults with the equipment.
  3. Malicious false alarms- Alarms arising from the unauthorized or malicious use of the equipment.
  4. False alarms of good intent- These occur when an individual suspects there is a fire and raises the alarm.
  5. Unknown - Should only be used for false alarms that do not fall into any of the above categories.

Recording this information enables your system installer/service provider to investigate any system faults or problems that you may have with your equipment.

Failure to demonstrate satisfactory management of false alarms may lead to:

  • Invalidated insurance policies
  • Charges being made for an attendance by the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Reduced attendance or non-attendance by the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Formal action taken under articles 13 and/or 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Reducing False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals

For more information about the impact of, common causes of, and what can be done to reduce False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals please visit our Reducing Fire Alarms section.

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