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False Alarm Study of Smoke Detectors in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCS).


pdf icon False Alarm Study of Smoke Detectors in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCS). (9660 K)
Dubivsky, P. M.; Bukowski, R. W.

NISTIR 89-4077; 234 p. May 1989.

Sponsor:

Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
Department of the Air Force, Tyndall AFB, FL
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Northbrook, IL

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Keywords:

sensitivity; false alarms; smoke detectors; smoking; tests; cleaning; dusts

Abstract:

A study of 133 VA Medical Centers (VAMC), out of a total of 172 throughout the U. S., coupled with visits to 20 facilities, was conducted to gather data on false alarms of smoke detectors. Data collected included name of the detector manufacturer and model number, control unit manufacturer and model number, number and type of detectors installed, where installed, number of false and real alarms for preceding year, date of installation, and policies on smoking, testing, cleaning, and maintenance. VAMC personnel involved with the installations were requested to indicate the maximum level of false alarms that could be tolerated and to provide any recommendations to reduce their occurrence.