Last edited 23 Oct 2020

Types of alarm in buildings

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An alarm is a device that makes a loud sound or other indication as a warning or signal.

In the construction industry, alarms are typically used to alert people to potential danger or damage. There are several different types of building alarm, including:

In August 2019, BRE reported that more than £1 billion is lost every year due to false alarms. These losses are due largely to the disruption and loss of productivity in businesses. An earlier research project estimated that each false alarm costs businesses on average around £2.9k. For more information see: Over 1 billion lost every year due to false alarms.

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