What Are Unwanted Alarm Activations

Unwanted alarm activations are the activation of a fire system, where after investigation by MFS it is deemed the situation would not have resulted in any danger to the occupants and premises from fire.

Facts

The MFS responds to almost 9,000 fire alarm system activations per year.
Only a very small percentage of these activations were due to a genuine fire.

Why reduce unwanted alarm activations?

As you can see the MFS responds to large number of fire alarm system activations with most of these classified as unwanted alarms. These unwanted alarm activations can have a negative effect on the community and the fire service, and this includes:

  • Disruption to normal business activities through evacuation of buildings, interruption of work and the cost of lost production.
  • A reduced confidence in the value and reliability of automatic fire alarm systems.
  • Complacency to fire alarm warning tones – ‘it's just another false alarm!’.
  • Unnecessary risk to firefighters and the community due to increased numbers of responses under "lights and sirens".

Clearly a situation where people choose to ignore an activated fire alarm due to the feeling of its 'just another false alarm' is unacceptable, because it may be placing lives at risk.

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