At last, a responsible fire alarm test.
During my last 26 years of employment I worked at 2 companies. In both cases I constantly complained to the people who were chosen to test the alarms and to the senior management about the manner in which tests were performed.
It seems to be common practice for companies to announce a fire alarm test and then proceed with it. However, there was never any other manner in which to differentiate between a test or a genuine alarm. The reply that I usually got was that you know it is a test because you have been told.
This response always annoyed me because what would happen if a genuine fire broke out after a test had been announced. Testing the alarm does not automatically make a fire impossible, otherwise testing it 4 times a day would totally eradicate any danger of a fire.
Today I was in Asda, a local supermarket, when they announced a fire test and advised people not to panic and evacuate the store. In this instance they stated that the alarm would operate for 15 seconds only, which makes it easy to distinguish from a genuine alarm.
It actually brightened up my day to hear a responsible fire alarm test being announced for a change.
Image Credit » Image created by myself (Barry Chadwick)