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A checklist to help reduce unwanted alarms

Reducing unwanted alarm activation is your responsibility.  Below is a checklist which may assist with the reduction of unwanted alarms.


Always liaise with your fire alarm specialist.

Ensure fire alarm system is regularly maintained and tested to the appropriate Australian Standard.

Seek advice from your fire alarm agent before commencing work on building alterations or major works.

During building or maintenance work consider: -

  1. Does the work produce dust or fumes in or near an alarm-protected area?
  2. Will activities involve penetrating or demolishing a wall or ceiling?
  3. Will welding, gas cutting, use of heat guns, sanding or grinding be carried out?
  4. Covering smoke detectors during periods of maintenance e.g. painting or dusting.
  5. Where smoke detectors are fitted?  Do not run equipment inside that emits dust or fumes, e.g. grinding machinery or exhaust fumes.
  6. Smoke detectors should be positioned as far as possible away from he hazards eg kitchens, bathrooms and toasters whilst remaining compliant for location with the requirements of the BCA.  Note: any relocation of the detectors must be approved by a private certifier.
  7. Maintenance workers or contractors are aware of and do not cut fire alarm cabling.

Frequently check that manual call points have intact glass covers.

To avoid malicious calls, fit an approved type of cover or relocate manual call.

Design a management plan to reduce unwanted alarm activations.

Inform guests or visitors to your building of ways to prevent unwanted alarm activations.

Maintain a detailed log of all unwanted alarms which may reveal causal factors eg. occupant or system behavioural patterns, faulty components etc.