False fire alarms will lead to charges for businesses as of next month

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False alarms will start to cost businesses next month, when the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service introduces charges.

Businesses that generate more than three false alarm call-outs in a 12 month period will have to pay £350.

The charging policy will come into effect on April 1, and will be run as a pilot for the first 18 months.

The move comes following legislation introduced in February 2012 allowing fire and rescue authorities in England to levy a charge where there is a report of fire in a non-domestic premises, when the report is false, if it is made as a direct or indirect result of an alarm malfunctioning or being misinstalled, and if there is a persistent problem with false reports of fire at the premises.

For more information visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk