Common causes of False Fire Alarms

The most common causes of false fire alarms are:

Cooking fumes, such as burnt toast and the build-up of fat and grease deposits in ovens and grills.

• Steam from showers and bathroom areas and kitchen cleaning appliances.

• Smoking materials, including smoke entering open windows from outside building.

• Aerosol sprays, such as hairspray, deodorant and insect repellent.

• Hot work, from welding and cutting.

• Dust build up, from poor housekeeping.

• Incense and candles.

• Humidity and sudden temperature change, e.g. opening an oven door.

• Accidental or deliberate damage to break glass call points.

• Testing or maintenance, without informing your alarm centre or incorrect testing procedure.

• Changes to the use or practices within the building.


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