Leicestershire Fire Service considers fines for false fire alarms

Leicestershire Fire Service could soon introduce fines for residents and landlords for false alarm callouts.

The move has been discussed after it was revealed that only 80 of 2,700 automatic fire alarm callouts that firefighters attended were genuine.

A Fire Authority report has now outlined that if a building had more than nine false alarms in a year, owners and landlords could be charged.

The fire service said the fines would help to recover part of the costs.

In Leicester, De Montfort House - a block of flats in Oxford Street, city centre - has had its alarm sound 54 times in a year. Each time firefighters attended with up to two engines.

The fire authority said if a fine was introduced it could bring in a potential revenue of more than £12,700 from that building alone.

One resident said: "I can understand someone's got to pay for it if the guys have to keep coming out.

"I don't think the tenant should foot the bill so the management really need to get a grip on this."

Between August 2013 and July 2014 Leicestershire Fire Service attended 2,745 automatic fire alarm call outs. Of these, only 80 were real fires.

Waterloo Housing Group, which manages De Montfort House, said it was working to prevent unnecessary fire alarms.

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