Michael Hazell

How NFPA 72 is helping to solve the unwanted fire alarm problem

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Jul 11, 2011

NFPA Journal looks at unwanted alarms 

Tracking the number of emergency calls it receives is a top priority for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, which serves 450,000 people in nine Oregon communities. But it wasn't until the release of its 2009 study on emergency calls that the department realized the extent of the problem it has with what it terms "low-risk, high-frequency" calls: of the more than 10,000 commercial automatic alarms the department responded to during a five-year period, 99 percent were what the report described as "false alarms" or "no-hazard incidents," which Tualatin defines as alarms triggered by burnt food, welding, dust exposure, and problems with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Read the entire article by Fred Durso in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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