Preventing false alarms

Hazard Alert #8

False fire alarms cost time, money and resources.smoke detectors

Cost to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)

  • Manpower
  • Time wasted
  • Taking effort away from real fires

Cost to you

  • Disruption due to evacuation
  • The bill for the false alarm fire service call out (up to $3000 per call out)

Remember

Your fire alarm can be set off by:

  • Overheated cooking oil
  • Overcooked food e.g. Burnt toast
  • Steam from cooking and showers
  • Hairspray and aerosols
  • Hair dryers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Candles and incense

Tips

The cause of many false alarms are preventable. It is important to:

  • Do not leave your cooking unattended
  • Do NOT open doors to let steam, smoke or cooking fumes into the corridor. Open windows instead
  • Always use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Do not use hairsprays, aerosols or hair dryers in bedrooms. Only use in bathrooms
  • Smoking, lighting candles or incense is strictly prohibited in residences