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Common causes for false alarms
False alarms cost both the fire service and tax payer a huge amount of time and money each year, even though the majority of false alarms are made either by mistake or without a valid reason. False alarms not only make up a third of all emergency calls, they cost the UK over £1 billion a year.

Both the emergency services and businesses suffer negatively as a result of false alarms. Whether it’s having to stop your business in order to evacuate the premises, or the increased insurance premiums that result in regularly calling out the fire service without a valid reason – it’s in the best interests of everyone that steps are taken to avoid false alarms.

So, to ensure your business is not one of those responsible for recording a false alarm to the fire service every 12 minutes, here are the most common causes for false alarms, and what you can do to avoid them.

Cooking: Whether you own a restaurant or merely boast a kitchen area in your business premises, cooking is one of the main causes for false alarms.  
Machine Work: From garages to factories, hotwork created by welding or cutting, or smoke produced by machines can end up being detected by smoke sensors and triggering an alarm.
Testing and Maintenance: Unless you are using a trained professional to test or maintain your fire systems, there is a strong chance an alarm will be tripped and the emergency services alerted.
Dust Build-Up: Paying attention to the cleaning should not only be focused on in order to impress visitors, with dust one of the most common causes of false alarms.
Temperature Change: From humidity to temperature change, a lot of false alarms happen simply because of a change in the weather and a lack of monitoring.

What you can do
While there are a number of areas where you can reduce the chances of false alarms, many of them depend on having the right fire alarm specialists working with you. As well as regularly maintaining your system and ensuring it is free of any faults, a specialist will also ensure you have the right detectors in the right areas, and that your fire system meets the required regulations.
To ensure your business is doing all it can to reduce the risk of false alarms, call us on 0345 459 2300, or email us at
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