A recent spate of malicious activated hoax fire alarms in a number of high schools has lead Council chiefs, the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service condemning the reckless behaviour and warn that the malicious emergency callouts could stop genuine emergencies being attended and result in a “needless tragedy”.
One school in South Ayrshire, Scotland has been evacuated seven times in the first 12 days of the new term due to hoax fire alarms, with fire crews attending Troon’s Marr College on seven separate occasions between August 26 and September 6, due to pupils repeatedly setting off the fire bell.
Vimpex Smart+Guard an5-vandal alarm call point covers
The Vimpex Smart+Guard range of anti-vandal alarm call point covers offers a simple, effective solution and is designed to protect essential fire and security equipment against these types of unwanted false alarms. Importantly, these types of covers offer significantly more physical protection and a far greater deterrent that the flimsy plastic covers often supplied with call points.
BS 5839-1:2017 recommends that manual call points can be fitted with a protective cover to prevent false fire alarms. The BSI recommends in sec1on 20.2b), that: “All MCPs should be fitted with a protective cover, which is moved to gain access to the frangible elements.”
Manufactured in the UK by Vimpex, Smart+Guard is a tough polycarbonate hinged protective cover that can easily be installed over a range of emergency switches and other devices to provide protection from vandalism, accidental damage or misuse that causes unwanted alarms.
Smart+Guard is designed for ease of installation and can be fitted in minutes. An optional battery powered 90dB alarm can be fitted to increase the security and protection of the device it is covering. A break seal can also be fitted to increase the visible deterrent against misuse.
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