False alarms are annoying things. Not only do they cause unnecessary worry and inconvenience (especially if there’s a need to evacuate), but they can also be expensive.
In NSW, the charge for a false alarm callout for buildings monitored with Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) systems is $1,600. On top of that, you’ll also need to pay your fire safety provider to reset your fire system after a false alarm. So they’re best avoided at all costs.
Some of the minor things can cause these false alarms. That means they can be easy to avoid. For example, you can clearly communicate information about smoking areas, use of kitchen appliances and proper use of smoke alarms with tenants to prevent most false alarms. Make it clear with tenants where no-smoking areas in the building are as smoking might set off fire alarms.
If you are experiencing recurring false alarms, consult your fire safety provider for possible solutions such as switching from smoke to heat alarms.