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Weekly fire alarm tests..

Jan 2018 10 20:57

Post by Smithy » Wed, 10th Jan 2018, 8:57pm

Post by Smithy by Smithy Jan 2018 10 20:57

You know hiw it goes, busy day running around like a blue bottomed fly oing five jobs at once....suddenly remember that as it's Wednesday...(and only work a three day week), I had better do the test. Brain goes into auto overdrive mide and legs it to the boiler room to activate from there. Put the test key in the slot just as it dawns on me that I hadn't taken the system off watch!!

Legs it back to the office as I hear the phone ringing. Get it just in time to hear the monitoring company asking for confirmation if a genuine alarm confirmation!!...No thanks, everythings ok!

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Jan 2018 10 22:40

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Post by Kirma by Kirma Jan 2018 10 22:40

That’ll get the old heart pumping mate [Big grin.png]. I’m sure we’d all rather do what you did than have a to deal with a real fire. As you were. [Like.png]

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Jan 2018 11 06:48

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Post by Golfer72 by Golfer72 Jan 2018 11 06:48

Yes nearly done that on a couple of occasions!! [JawDropped.png]
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Jan 2018 11 08:45

Post by Rockstar » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 8:45am

Post by Rockstar by Rockstar Jan 2018 11 08:45

Ive never done that. But I have thought "what if". I was wondering how to "stand down" the Fire Brigade if it was to happen? I dont want to be charged by them for a false call out! But I dont want to call 999 to stand them down?

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Jan 2018 11 09:11

Post by Smithy » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 9:11am

Post by Smithy by Smithy Jan 2018 11 09:11

Rockstar wrote:
Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 8:45am
Ive never done that. But I have thought "what if". I was wondering how to "stand down" the Fire Brigade if it was to happen? I dont want to be charged by them for a false call out! But I dont want to call 999 to stand them down?
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Your system must go through a monitoring company, do they not call you/ the school during normal opening hrs to confirm if it is a genuine activation then call the FB if it is. Outside these hrs they will call me first and if I don't answer or say I am not on site, will call the FB.

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Jan 2018 11 09:38

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Rockstar wrote:
Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 8:45am
Ive never done that. But I have thought "what if". I was wondering how to "stand down" the Fire Brigade if it was to happen? I dont want to be charged by them for a false call out! But I dont want to call 999 to stand them down?
I am not entirely sure that you can stand down the Brigade. Have a feeling that they will show up & then go away again.

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Jan 2018 11 09:43

Post by HappyLad » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 9:43am

Post by HappyLad by HappyLad Jan 2018 11 09:43

I have a regular slot booked with ADT where we take our system off line to test (7-30- 8.30 thursday am) so it doesn't happen here. And to confirm, the brigade can't be stood down, if they turn up they are supposed to check the panel and ensure it's reset (safe) before they leave. [Success.png]
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Jan 2018 11 09:43

Post by trout39843 » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 9:43am

Post by trout39843 by trout39843 Jan 2018 11 09:43

Drone wrote:
Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 9:38am
Rockstar wrote:
Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 8:45am
Ive never done that. But I have thought "what if". I was wondering how to "stand down" the Fire Brigade if it was to happen? I dont want to be charged by them for a false call out! But I dont want to call 999 to stand them down?
I am not entirely sure that you can stand down the Brigade. Have a feeling that they will show up & then go away again.
I think most central monitoring places have a number you can call to let them know it was set off by accident and they will stand down the brigade.
I know mine does.
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Re: Weekly fire alarm tests..

Jan 2018 11 10:45

Post by NEITTech » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 10:45am

Post by NEITTech by NEITTech Jan 2018 11 10:45

We don't get a confirmation call, ours is 24-hour instant call out. When we've had false activations in the past (about 1 a year) they've turned up, checked the panel, checked the offending detector/call point and then left. We do have the number of the local fire station but its pointless because they get here in about 4 minutes. By the time I've gone downstairs to check the panel, and then gone to check the activated device/area, they're rocking up to the school.

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Re: Weekly fire alarm tests..

Jan 2018 11 10:59

Post by bigbird » Thu, 11th Jan 2018, 10:59am

Post by bigbird by bigbird Jan 2018 11 10:59

Just remember, if you're working a three day (Mon-Wed) week the alarms should be tested on a Monday. That gives you the next two days for the engineer to repair the fault.

Same thing if you're doing a full week, test Monday or Tuesday. Wed - Fri for the repairs, if not repaired on the same day.
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