Wednesday, June 13, 2018

3 Easy Ways to Reduce False Fire Alarms on College and University Campuses

Bison Fire's 3 Easy Ways to Reduce False Alarms

Many of us don’t realize it, but university and college campuses are often at a high risk for a fire due to the high volume of people coming and going, preparing food, and living in-residence. Just like any business or public area, students and faculty alike rely on each other to practice proper fare safety measures in order to protect themselves and the campuses they love.

Some of the most common challenges that campuses face when it comes to staying fire-safe according to Campus Safety Magazine, include:

Some of the most common causes of false fire alarms on college and university campuses, according to Campus Safety Magazine, include:

  • Poor fire protection system design.
  • Shower steam.
  • Burned popcorn.
  • Lack of proper fire protection system maintenance.
  • Practical jokes.


False fire alarms are not only disruptive to everyone on campus, but they are also a waste of valuable public safety resources and may result in a loss of life in the event of a real fire.

Check out these 4 ways that universities and colleges can stay fire-safe and reduce the number of false fire alarms on campus:

1. Discipline Pranksters

Many people don’t take fire safety seriously and will resort to tactics like pulling the fire alarm in the middle of class as an excuse to be disruptive to others. However, not only do false fire alarms impact both faculty and student productivity and focus, but they reduce the likelihood that people will take a fire alarm seriously the next time it happens.

By addressing this issue and properly disciplining pranksters you can discourage the prevalence of false fire alarms on campus. Make sure that there are fair and clear disciplinary policies available for students to access, and enforce a “zero tolerance” approach to the penalty for mischief, and will be dealt with by the judicial affairs committee on campus.

2. Encourage Students to Lead by Example

The easiest and most effective method of reducing false fire alarms on campus is to encourage students to keep one another accountable, and to self-police goings-on on campus. Encourage students to report suspicious activity, and to to practice habits like never leaving a microwave unattended, flicking cigarette butts into trash cans instead of putting them out, and other actions which may result in a false fire alarm.

3. Add Video Surveillance

If people on campus know that video surveillance is being used to keep both students and staff safe and protected, then it reduces the likelihood of negative behaviour.

Not only does video surveillance discourage mischief on campus, but in the event that a prankster does decide to put the campus at risk by faking a fire, then the authorities will be able to see who pulled the fire alarm, and when, and take appropriate action.

If you have any questions about fire alarms, fire equipment, or more steps to protect your college or university campus from fake fire alarms, contact Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today. We provide top-notch fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:59 AM


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