Unwanted alarm activations often occur where children or youths purposely set off an automatic fire alarm system, generally by operating a Manual Call Point (MCP).
There is a difficult balance involved in making it hard for vandals to activate the system, while still making it easily activated during an actual emergency.
Solutions to address malicious activations may include:
- Establish if the building is required to have MCP's installed in "high risk" locations?
- Conducting frequent security patrols to prevent vandalism
- Placing security cameras at MCP locations
- Locating MCP's in highly visible locations where offenders will feel vulnerable
- Fines and Penalties for offenders who maliciously cause unwanted alarm activations
- Placing correct informative signage near alarm
- Keeping the alarm clear from obstructions
- Frequently checking that the glass is intact
- Putting covers on MCP's to avoid accidental activation by bumping or weather
- All manual call points other than the MCP located adjacent to the Fire Indicator Panel (FIP), to be programmed to activate locally only. MCP's installed under a performance assessment may not allow this unless a building variation is submitted to the Local Authority.
It should be noted that no modification of your fire alarm system should be undertaken without prior approval of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS).