Building Design Problems

Building design is frequently found to be the cause for unwanted alarm activations due to:

  • Incorrect fire alarm systems being installed for the design of the building with detectors located too close to problematic environmental factors such as showers, ventilation, cooking facilities, industrial work areas etc. Australian Standards for fire alarm installation require that the system be designed and installed to suit the purpose of the building.

Building Design Solutions

  • Ensure that the installed fire alarm system is compatible with the building and the environment.
  • Check with fire system contractor that detectors are in correct positions.
  • Consider if it possible to replace smoke detectors with a more suitable type.
  • Consult with building surveyor over any plans for change to the alarm system or detector positioning.
  • Review the capacity to remove or relocate potential alarm initiators such as toasters and cooking devices.
  • Check to see if the floor plan layout has changed since the fire alarm system was originally installed.
  • When current fire alarm systems reach the end of their life, ensure the fire alarm system and alarm panel are upgraded to optimum standards.
  • Upgrade buildings that prevent water penetration due to poor internal and external plumbing design.
  • Upgrade building design and layout where inadequate ventilation management exists e.g. no door head from bathrooms, or ventilation draws cooking fumes from kitchen areas past smoke detectors.

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