Ensure that cooking is only permitted in designated areas that have appropriate fire detection devices (usually heat detectors). Additionally, the proper use of extractor fans and the closing of doors between designated areas for cooking and detector heads can prevent false alarms from occurring. Places where toasters are used must be carefully considered as they often cause false alarms.
It is recommended that smoking should only be allowed in designated areas protected by suitable detectors which are not susceptible to activation by cigarette smoke. You will set off smoke detectors if you smoke under them!
Ensure that the shower room has adequate ventilation and keep the doors to the outer rooms closed. Signage can sometimes help guests and staff in understanding the significance of closing doors and taking action to avoid excessive steam buildup.
Cover detectors temporarily while the activity is being carried out. Temporary covers should only be installed by approved staff and removed as soon as the activity is completed. While detectors are covered in this way, all employees should be trained to activate a ‘break glass’ call point in the event of a fire. In the future, dust can also prevent detectors from working effectively. So, any hot or dusty work needs to be planned carefully.
Changes to the building’s layout or use
It is important to review the fire risk assessment when changes are planned so that the fire-detection system is suitable for the way the building will be used.
Incorrect positioning of detectors
Using the wrong detector may result in false alarms. It may be necessary to move a detector if it is positioned too close to an area where environmental conditions may cause its activation. You should have a competent person perform this work.
Testing and Maintenance
If your system is monitored, you must inform your alarm center before you start any testing or maintenance and inform them once it is complete.
It is possible for detectors to develop faults, resulting in repeated, unexplained AFA actuations. If necessary, a competent person should replace the faulty detector head and check the fire alarm system.
Above changes to fire alarm systems should only be undertaken by a competent person or contractor. All changes should be documented, and the appropriate certification kept in your fire safety logbook.