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False / Unwanted Alarms
10540 Watterson Trail
Jeffersontown, KY  40299

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ph: (502) 267-7300
Fx: (502) 267-5217

Facts, Figures & General Information

According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) report, “Unwanted Fire Alarms,” U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated total of 2,177,000 false alarms in 2009. For every ten fires, fire departments responded to 16 false alarms; for every ten structure fires, it was 45 false alarms. In terms of personnel, fuel use, apparatus wear-and-tear, risk of injury and even death, responding to false or unintentional alarms is very costly for local fire departments. The cost per run averages $150 - $500. That’s $1 million to $3 million annually to the fire service and the community it serves.

Fire Alarm Checklist (a partial list)
Your false alarm could keep firefighters from responding to a real emergency situation. Help prevent false / unwanted fire alarms by following these checklist items:

  • Take care to eliminate possible causes of false fire alarms.
  • Communicate with your alarm or monitoring company regularly, advising of problem areas or maintenance needs.
  • Have your fire alarm company name and telephone number readily available.
  • Have your fire alarm tested and inspected annually in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code© or the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Click here or more information and false alarm prevention tips.

Still have a few questions about false / unwanted fire alarms? Visit Louisville Metro’s ALARMS (AccidentaL Alarm Reduction Makes Sense) program frequently asked questions page.

NFPA’s “Unwanted Fire Alarms,” http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//pdf/unwantedalarmsexecutivesum.pdf

Louisville Metro, www.louisvilleky.gov, http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/FalseAlarm/

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547