Huge drop in Scottish student false alarm calls

Huge drop in Scottish student false alarm calls

A three-way partnership has resulted in an 80% reduction in false alarms from student halls of residence in Glasgow.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) joined forces with the University of Glasgow and student accommodation provider Sanctuary Students to educate students on how to avoid unnecessary false alarms at the student lodgings.

Students are now required to have an induction before moving into the premises that highlight the main causes of false alarms. In addition, ‘smart detector’ smoke alarms were installed in the halls, which feature multiple sensors to detect smoke, heat and carbon monoxide. The alarms require two of these sensors to be triggered before they activate.

The partnership has been running for five years and firefighters were called to 89 false alarms at student halls during the past 12 months, which is significantly down from 2009/10 figures when 456 incidents were recorded.

SFRS  area manager George McGrandles said: ‘False alarms from halls of residence have historically been a considerable drain on the city’s fire and rescue resources, but this close partnership is clearly producing real results.

‘They are most often caused by residents’ behaviour so helping them to understand what causes the incidents has made a huge difference. Engaging with students has been key to tackling this issue.’