Even to the trained eye, it can be difficult to immediately pinpoint the exact cause of a false fire alarm and know the cure to fixing it. Although every situation is different, we can typically narrow down the common causes to a few scenarios that often reoccur. In the video below, Fire Protection Expert Lee Kaiser explains a some of the most common causes of false fire alarms, as well as the top five causes of unscheduled emergency service calls for ORR technicians.
False fire alarms are a costly and potentially life-threatening problem for building owners and fire departments across the United States. In the video below, ORR VP of Engineering Lee Kaiser explains why false alarms are so problematic, the types of costs that these lead to for businesses and taxpayers, and identifies possible reasons why they could happen.
One of the more common issues reported to our service technicians is "My fire panel trouble light is on and cannot be turned off." There's often a misunderstanding that a trouble light can be reset, like a fire alarm or other notification. This is not the case; trouble signals indicate that there is a larger issue somewhere in the system that must be resolved before the signal can be cleared.
When constructing a building, or inspecting it to ensure it is up to code, the International Building Code (IBC) outlines the minimum amount of fire protection needed. The NFPA allows you to exceed these minimum requirements. Every location has different needs and objectives, therefore system performance goals should be determined by stakeholders on a location-by-location basis. Watch the video below as fire protection expert Lee Kaiser discusses the IBC, how it applies to your facility, and some of the different options available.