What is a fire alarm call point & what does it do?
A fire alarm call point (also referred to as a red manual call point or a break-glass call point) is essentially a small box, mounted on a wall which contains a button or a lever that allows you to manually trigger the fire alarm in a building.
They are an essential part of any building’s fire detection system, as they can:
- alert everyone inside to a potential fire danger by sounding the alarm
- get the evacuation process started as quickly as possible
- sound the alarm even if the automated detection system has failed
- notify the fire alarm control panel about the area where the fire is
- alert the fire services about the fire (can be done manually or automatically)
- activate the smoke management system
Depending on the model of the call point you may or may not have to break a glass to reach the button that activates the fire alarm. Some of the latest designs have been adapted to use depressable plastic instead of glass to reduce the possibility of injury to the user and to discourage any acts of vandalism.
If you happen to uncover a fire at work, sounding the fire alarm using a manual call point is the fastest way to get your
manual call point is a device which enables personnel to raise an alarm in the event of a fire incident by pressing a frangible element to activate the alarm system. The distance from an exit door to a manual pull must not exceed 5 feet. In addition, manual pulls often will be placed on each floor near each stairway exit.