Accessible fire alarms that anyone can pull, if needed, can be an excellent safety mechanism for a hotel. After all, at night when your staff levels are down, there is a good chance a guest might spot a fire before you do, and having alarms accessible to them helps ensure everyone is alerted quickly so they can escape safely. However, accessible fire alarms also come with a big problem -- some mischievous guests like to pull them when there's not a fire, leading to a hotel full of grumpy guests and unnecessary work for the fire company. To deter these pranksters, follow these tips:
Have the fire alarm enclosed in a glass case.
A fire alarm that's not in a case is just way too easy for a prankster to grab without thinking it through. If you're having new alarms installed, or if you have money in your budget to update your current ones, choose the type that is mounted within a glass case. Generally, there will be a little hammer attached to the outside of the case, which someone will have to use to shatter the glass before pulling the alarm in case of a fire. Breaking glass and pulling an alarm seems like a much bigger hassle than just pulling it -- most pranksters will be deterred.
Post a warning sign next to the alarm.
If a mischievous guest has to undergo a guilt trip or read about potential consequences before pulling an alarm, he or she is less likely to do it. Place a sign next to your alarm that reminds guests that pulling an alarm when there is no fire is a crime and that it may prevent a fire department from getting to a real fire as quickly as needed to save lives.
Make guests aware of the presence of security cameras.
Just having security cameras in place is not enough. Sure, you will have video footage to help convict a guest who does decide to pull a false alarm -- but you'll still have to deal with the hassle of it all. Make sure that guests are aware that you have security alarms, and they'll be less likely to actually pull the alarms. Post a sign near the entrance to the building that states that all hallways are under video surveillance. Post another one near the fire alarm.
If you follow the tips above, guests will be deterred from pulling the fire alarm when there is no fire -- and everyone will get a better nights' sleep. For additional information about fire alarm installation, contact a business such as Southern Maine Cabling.
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