Common Causes

There are many causes of false alarms (unwanted fire signals) in the workplace. 

Here are the more common causes of false fire alarms:

  • Fumes from cooking or burnt food
  • Steam from showers
  • Dust from building work
  • Insects
  • Poorly trained users
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Incorrect or poorly designed systems

These are the more common causes, but there are many more causes too.

Many unwanted fire signals are the result of ignorance on the part of employees or contractors who may not be aware that an automatic fire system is in operation.

A few simple rules linked with good house-keeping practices can help to keep these unwanted nuisance signals to a minimum.