Hoax alarms have been been sparked by an irresponsible social media 'trend' which encourages students to post videos of the ensuing chaos worldwide. Now fire chiefs have stepped in to warn that the malicious emergency callouts could stop them attending genuine emergencies and result in a “needless tragedy”. They are now working with education bosses and the police to crackdown on the dangerous practice.
Vimpex Smart+Guard anti-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 than 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 section 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.