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Estates Management record 2013/14 - Number of other false fire alarm activationsNumberOfOtherFalseFireAlarmActivations

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Estates Management record 2013/14

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Number of other false fire alarm activations

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Short nameNumberOfOtherFalseFireAlarmActivations

The fields in this entity contain data about the number of other false fire alarm activations.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All higher education providers (HEPs).


The definition of another false fire alarm activation is when a fire alarm system is activated by actuation of a detector, device or accidental manual call point resulting in the sounding of the fire alarm in a building which is not a fire incident.

This includes false alarm with good intent (where someone raises the alarm in the belief there is a fire in the building), activations through equipment defects, environmental conditions etc.

Causes of a false activation can include:

  • thrips,
  • insects,
  • steam (autoclave, dishwashers, showers, kettles),
  • water leaks,
  • contractors/building works,
  • fire alarm system faults,
  • aerosols,
  • smoking,
  • hairdryers/straighteners,
  • accidental.

Exclude external fires in the number of fire alarm activations, unless the fire alarm system in a building was activated as a direct result of that incident e.g. bin fires, skip fires, BBQ's, uncontrolled bonfires

Exclude those occuring in space not managed by the HEP.

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