I don´t know anyone who didn’t crinch when hearing its irritating bell over the past few weeks at university. They are loud, they force you to go out in the cold and then they make you wait for the 40 minutes!
Penrym´s campus fire alarm when off 9 times in the past month of January 2013!
The figures are shocking, up to 94 % of the times is an unwanted activation, meaning that there was no reason to evacuate hence no real danger for its activation.
Surprisingly this is not costing the university a fortune, according to Mr Appleford, Kingston University Health and Safety Manager: “Fire brigade don´t charge us for attendance, however we undoubtedly lose time because of unwanted activations”
But the real story is in the halls of residence, Seething Wells is by far the naughtiest of all five halls. They have more than double the activations of the next ones on the line, Clay hill, with 60 activations in the year per year. And yes, you guessed it less than 5 of those were wanted.
“The problem very often isn´t the system, it´s people. There was a reason for detectors to activate, the most common one being cooking”
Closely followed by the classic rebellious act of smoking in the rooms and kitchens. “A concern is that number of times I´m getting reports if people covering detectors so they can smoke in their rooms, which is illegal and dangerous.”