Unwanted False Alarms - MFS Monitored

Unwanted false alarms

What are unwanted alarm activations?

The Importance of fire alarms

What can be done

Possible solutions

Modifying occupant behaviour

Legislative requirements


The unwanted alarms measures are designed to encourage building owners to address fire alarm management responsibilities.

The safety issues surrounding unwanted alarms include:

  • People who hear regular unwanted alarms in their building may become complacent to the sound of the alarm. This can be dangerous when a fire does occur.
  • Unwanted alarms call in resources (an average of two MFS units attend each unwanted alarm) which are then unavailable for a genuine emergency or could be better deployed in other situations such as fire safety activities.
  • While all safety precautions are taken, a MFS appliance rushing to any incident places a higher-than-normal level of danger and distraction to members of the public, MFS personnel and other drivers. By reducing the number of non-emergency turn-outs we will be creating a safer environment for everyone.

This information refers to the management of unwanted alarms, so that it may lead to reduced numbers of unwanted alarms.

The information provided assists owner/ occupiers to understand the requirements relating to the installation and maintenance of alarm systems. It also provides reasons why unwanted alarms should be avoided and strategies to reduce their occurrence.

For more information or to arrange an appointment with MFS personnel regarding unwanted alarms contact 8204 3611 or country callers within South Australia 1300 737 637.

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