Understand how to prevent false fire alarmsMayara
The dangers of not preventing false fire alarms are innumerous. It not only causes many people to not take real fire alarms seriously, but it can also be very disruptive and expensive! Your monitoring company or fire department can charge you after excessive false alarms. Understand how they happen and know how to avoid it.
Fire alarm systems need regular testing and maintenance!
Fire alarm systems are meant to be extremely reliable and to go into alarm when needed, but you also want to conduct preventative maintenance that will assist you with avoiding any and all false fire alarms. The only way to do this is to get a certified company to inspect and manage your fire alarm devices.
It is highly recommended by all agencies and manufacturers to only contract qualified professionals who are licensed. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) requires that smoke detectors have regular testing and inspections every year.
Clean your smoke detectors regularly
Dirt and dust can make your smoke detectors overly sensitive, increasing the potential of a false alarm. Did you know that the chamber entrance where the smoke enters is just big enough to fit a small insect?
Once inside the smoke detector, the insect can put the smoke detector in an alarm condition by interfering with the smoke detector’s sensors. You may want to regularly open your smoke detectors to check for dirt, dust and any insects crawling around. Another culprit of dirty smoke detectors is construction nearby without covering smoke detectors in the area of construction.
Position your detectors properly to avoid false fire alarms
When positioning your detectors in the kitchen or bathroom, there are a couple of things you need to notice. They should not be placed closer than 10 feet from the nearest cooking device, nor further than 20 feet.
The bathroom alarms require the smoke detectors to be installed more than 36 inches from the door. When increasing the distance from the bathroom doors, this reduces the number of false alarms caused by steam.
Quality alarm systems for none false fire alarms
Most false alarms occur from the following: cheap smoke detectors, poor wiring methods, and/or incorrect placement. While it is not ideal to operate a fire detection system in conditions that are conducive to failure, there are actions that can be taken to catch and prevent failures before they occur. Annual testing will catch about 1 in every 300 units as faulty, and steps can then be made to eliminate the circumstances causing the failure.
Purchasing high-quality fire alarm systems is extremely important, which is why our core business revolves around carrying the top products in the industry such as Simplex, Notifier, Gamewell, Edwards, and more.
Having high ceilings is common in commercial buildings, hotels, and hospitals, often providing a pleasant spacious, and welcoming environment. They, however, can be a problem for heat and smoke detectors. The temperature can cool as heat rises from a fire, slowing the activation of an alarm mounted on a high ceiling.
In addition, when smoke stratification occurs, a pocket of smoke can be created that sits just below the ceiling without triggering the alarm.
Detectors placed on ceilings also pose a regular maintenance problem. The higher the detector is placed on the ceiling or wall, the harder it is to clean and perform quality routine testing and preventative maintenance.
How to reset an alarm that won’t stop?
If your smoke alarm goes off, assume there is a fire and take immediate action. However, if you realize that it is a false alarm, there are ways that you can turn it off so the noise doesn’t drive you and your tenants crazy!!
To stop a battery-powered alarm, press and hold the reset button on your smoke alarm. The button is usually on the front of the alarm or somewhere in the center. As soon as you find it, press and hold until the alarm stops.
Turning off hardwired alarms is much more complicated, as these smokes are connected, you’ll need to try resetting them all to figure out which one is causing the alarm to go off. Press and hold the reset button on each smoke alarm in your house/building. If the alarm noise doesn’t stop, turn your circuit breaker off and back on.
Getting your alarm to stop chirping
One of the reasons your smoke alarm is making a chirping noise is because the batteries are almost dead. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm by removing it from the ceiling or wall.
If it has a battery cover, remove it by pressing the plastic latch on the side of the cover in and lifting up the cover. You may need to press and hold the reset button on your smoke alarm after changing the batteries.
Sometimes the accumulated dust and dead bugs cause the alarms to chirp. To prevent false fire alarms, vacuum over the vents and openings on your smoke alarm to remove any build up inside. When you’re finished, don’t forget to reset your smoke alarm.
Loose or improperly installed battery
Verify that the recommended type of battery is securely installed and use a battery with a use-by date no later than four to five years. It is possible that battery connections may not be making good contact with the battery, so check that the battery is snapped in completely so it cannot be shaken loose.
If you don’t get results from these measures, contact your protection provider. Quality vendors can solve problems on the phone with you or send a technician to assess the problem.