Fire crews will no longer respond to most automated fire alarm call-outs starting today, as announced by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The aim is to reduce the strain of false alarms. From now on, the service won’t attend fire alarms in low-risk commercial buildings unless there’s a confirmed fire. These low-risk sites include offices, shops, schools, factories, pubs, clubs, and restaurants. This change comes after public input and forms part of the ‘Integrated Risk Management Plan.’ Each year, the service handles about 10,000 responses, with 36% being from automatic fire alarms, of which a whopping 97% are false alarms. Only 1.3% of these non-domestic calls turn out to be actual fires, with most needing minimal action from the crews. This adjustment is crucial, given that false alarms disrupt vital fire service work and prevent firefighters from responding to real emergencies. Ensuring fire protection measures are managed properly is essential to avoid legal repercussions. Prepare for these changes by reviewing fire risk assessments, training fire wardens, notifying staff about new responsibilities, and working closely with alarm monitoring companies. By reducing unwanted fire signals and maintaining vigilance, we can prevent potential fire hazards from escalating unchecked.