The newly published FIA guide on false alarms is a reminder that most fire alarm and detection systems don’t cause false alarms: it’s the mismanagement of them that does and this is where they can really cost you money due to:
- Lost production
- Disruption due to staff evacuation
- Unnecessary release of retained firefighters
- Possible future charging for attendance by fire and rescue services
- Increased insurance premiums
Modern properly maintained systems rarely suffer equipment malfunctions but it is estimated that false alarms cost the UK in excess of £1 billion a year.
Euralarm is actively looking at this issue from a European perspective and will soon publish a study on the matter.