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False fire alarms still a big issue

09 October 2018

COSTING THE UK an estimated £1 billion a year false fire alarms remain a huge problem in 2018; disrupting businesses and schools, placing unnecessary strain on our emergency services and reducing the confidence the general public have in fire alarms.

Firefighters respond to all alarms as if they are real, and as a result in London alone a fire engine is called to a false alarm every 12 minutes - but now the BSI is recommending protective covers for all manual call points, will we see a decline in malicious activations?

In the recent revision to the BS5839-1:2017 the British Standard Institute has recommended, in section 20.2 b) of the update, that: “All MCPs should be fitted with a protective cover, which is moved to gain access to the frangible elements.” 

The Sounder Series by STI is specifically designed to prevent malicious false alarms. If there is a history or threat of malicious activation whereby a vandal is willing to lift a protective cover in order to raise a false alarm, our Stopper Series offers a solution.

The Euro Stopper is a protective cover that helps prevent malicious activations, the tamper-proof cover features a sturdy UV-Stabilised polycarbonate housing and has the useful addition of an integral sounder. 

The 96 dB sounder emits a piercing alarm when the cover is lifted drawing immediate attention to the area. This acts as both a deterrent for those looking to raise a false alarm maliciously, as well as functioning as an additional alarm in an emergency.

If further protection is required the Universal Stopper provides IP56 protection against the elements, a tough outer dome is strong enough to withstand the severest of knocks - the 96 dB sounder defends against malicious activation.

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