False Alarm Study of Smoke Detectors in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCS).
False Alarm Study of Smoke Detectors in Department of
Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCS).
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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sensitivity; false alarms; smoke detectors; smoking;
tests; cleaning; dusts
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.