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25/01/2016 / Graham Lowe

The Cost of False Alarms

false_alarms_infographicWe’ve talked in previous blogs about the issue of false alarms in commercial and public buildings. Over the last 15 years, the number of unnecessary fire alerts in the UK has more than halved, but false alarms remain a problem.

It was recently reported that Fire and Rescue Service crews in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, for example, attended nearly 500 unwanted fire alarms in 2015, while Carryduff fire station in Northern Ireland was called to 160 false alerts, representing 70 per cent and 50 per cent of call-outs respectively.

These levels of unnecessary alerts have ramifications for both fire services and businesses. Not only do false alarms distract fire and rescue teams from attending genuine incidents, they can cost businesses significant amounts of money from lost worker productivity and, in some cases, fines.

The infographic to the right highlights some shocking false alarm statistics; it also offers plenty of advice to help you cut the risk of false alarms across your premises.

Click the image to view a larger version of the infographic or click here.

Hochiki also offer a free false alarms whitepaper, download it here.

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