False fire alarms are a serious problem. They make extra work for fire departments by distracting them from real emergencies. They cause people to exit buildings that aren’t in any danger, and the worst part is that they make people feel safer during a real fire emergency, which puts them in greater danger.
You can’t afford to have your fire alarms in a dysfunctional state. False alarms must be prevented from happening if you want your alarms to function their best. To prevent false fire alarms, here is what to do.
Check the Sensitivity Levels of Your Fire Alarms
One course of action you can take against false alarms is to check the sensitivity levels of those alarms. Sometimes, your alarms may be too sensitive, so they activate even when fires aren’t existent. For example, they may be set off by things such as smoking cigarettes or heat vents. If you think that you have hypersensitive alarms, check with a fire protection professional to see if they can change their sensitivity levels.
Determine If Your Fire Alarms Were Installed In the Right Places
A false alarm might be triggered due to your fire alarm not being installed where it should be. When alarms aren’t installed in the proper setting, they could be set off by stimuli that they aren’t meant to experience.
As an example, an alarm could be set off by being too close to cooking appliances or heating vents. This is a more common issue if your building recently underwent an interior design change. In this case, get a specialist to inspect your building and see if your fire alarms are still in the right spots.
Stay on Top of Alarm Testing and Maintenance
The best prevention measure you can take against false alarms is performing regular maintenance and testing for all of your alarms. Typically, fire alarms need to be inspected once every year, but it could be more frequent as needed. By testing and maintaining your alarms, you keep them in the best possible shape so that they are as unlikely as possible to go off for the wrong reasons.
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