- The cost of false alarms:
- The cost of false alarms in the UK alone has said to be around £1 billion per year. For medium sized business, the estimate ranges from £1,000 to £125,000 in 1 year alone.
- It's not just financial costs that are affected. Every false alarm causes disruption. This includes the ability to serve customers effectively, the loss of productivity among staff, increased insurance premiums and potentially charges from fire and rescue services.
- The costs of managing and maintaining a fire detection system is dwarfed by the potentially expensive costs and production loss.
- Fire alarm systems for buildings:
- It is suggested that in clean and well managed environments, a rate of 1 false alarm per 100 detectors should be achievable and for more industrial applications, a rate of 1 per 75 detectors is more realistic.
- Reducing false alarms:
- It's been claimed that two thirds of false alarms are due to faulty equipment and aparatus. This could be due to the result of poor installation or wrong equipment has been used for that environment. Any other issues created at the design and installation phase are likely to cause more persistent false alarms.
- It's vital that the Responsible Person has certified that the building is safe. One of the responsibilities they have is to ensure that the correct fire alarm has been installed. The environment of your building can in many ways dictate the most appropriate technology, and it's vital that this forms part of your assessment when selecting the fire alarm technology for your premises.
- This environmental impact can be seen in a catering environment if a heat-detection solution was installed, as this would create unnecessary alarms: due to the fact the kitchen is usually hotter than other areas.
- As with all electrical systems, the fire-detection, and fire-alarm system within your property will only be effective if it is regularly checked and maintained. The fire alarm system is likely to be the single most important system in any commercial building.
- Maintenance will help to safeguard you against any false alarm costs, but most importantly will reduce any potential catastrophes that can be caused by ineffective, broken or out-of-date alarms. As the building owner is liable for the protection of occupants, inspections for compliance and safety are imperative.
Reduce the costs of false alarms -Appropriate and effective technology is one of the key drivers for reducing the costs of false alarms for fire-detection and fire-alarm systems.
A false alarm is defined as ‘a fire signal resulting from a cause other than fire.’ This is defined as malicious false alarms, good intent false alarms and false alarms due to apparatus.