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How Best To Minimize False Fire Alarms: 4 Surefire Tips

A false alarm happens when another cause, other than a fire, activates your fire alarm system. These false alarms disrupt home life and business activities, cause panic, and may lead to people being complacent and ignoring future alarms. Every false fire alarm that emergency services respond to diverts these essential services from real emergencies.

Given the impact of these false alarms, it is your responsibility to minimize their occurrence. You can do so with the following tips.

1. Proper System Design and Installation

A professional fire alarm company will design your system to fit the purpose. Experts give due consideration to the use of your commercial building to inform the type and positioning of detectors. This way, you can minimize or even avoid false alarms due to excessive heat, steam, or cooking near the detectors.

2. Proper and Regular System Maintenance

Regularly servicing and maintaining your fire alarm system will significantly help to reduce false alarm activations. Only trust a certified fire alarm maintenance company to carry out this preemptive work and ensure you stick to the recommended schedule. The experts will test your system and perform corrective maintenance tasks to ensure it's working as it should be.

3. Replace Components or the Entire System When Its Time

Different manufacturers have different recommendations for how long it should be before you need to replace fire detectors. Whether it is ten or 15 years, ensure you replace the detectors when it is time to do so as aging components tend to fail and contribute to false alarms. 

You may want to keep your system going for longer, but in the end, any patchwork can only hold for so long before you need to replace your alarm system or at least some of its components.

4. Invest in Training for Everyone

False fire alarm activation due to family members and company staff accidentally using trigger points is quite common. You can get ahead of this by ensuring everyone receives proper training on when and when not to use these fire alarm system triggers. Highlight where these are around your property and the ramifications of accidental use. 

Again, while the training should be for everyone in your home or team, you can greatly reduce the risk of these accidental false triggers by designating specific persons to be responsible for managing your fire alarm system.

Your fire alarm system should only go off when an actual fire incident or emergency occurs. Minimize and work towards avoiding false alarms by ensuring your system is installed correctly and maintained. Train everyone on the dos and don'ts of your system, and don't hesitate to replace aging components or the entire system.    

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