Smoke detectors in common areas
When smoke is detected in the common areas, the building’s main fire alarm will emit a series of loud sirens. A recorded voice will issue evacuation instructions. You must vacate your apartment immediately and assemble in front of the building in Gore St.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade will respond to alarms activated by smoke detectors in the common areas or the activation of the fire sprinkler system.
Smoke detectors in apartments
The smoke detector in your apartment emits a loud beeping sound when activated. It is activated by smoke but can also be activated by particles such as plaster dust.
The noise emitted will only cease when the smoke or particles clear. To avoid activating the building’s main fire alarm, do not open your door to the atrium to clear kitchen smoke.
Smoke detectors in apartments are mains powered with battery backup. Batteries should be changed annually.
Sprinkler systems throughout the entire building
The fire sprinkler system installed in apartments and common areas contains water under high pressure and will operate when a sprinkler head is exposed to heat or the glass filament is broken.
Breaking a filament normally triggers a response from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, which may seek reimbursement in the event of a false alarm.