Siren tests vital to safety
Testing of sirens and alarms by companies in the Kwinana industrial area is a critical measure in maintaining workplace and public health and safety, according to Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton.
During public question time at the City of Kwinana council meeting on Wednesday, March 27, a resident asked councillors about alarms which were “going off at night and day”, and if information about testing could be provided to nearby residents.
While the council took the question on notice, Mr Oughton told the Sound Telegraph several companies in the industrial area held weekly tests, with a schedule for emergency siren testing times for KIC-member companies available on the KIC website.
“Different siren noises, duration and tones, send different messages about urgency,” he said. “It is critical that sirens are known to be in good working order, and to ensure this, they are routinely tested.”
According to the schedule, testing of alarms and sirens are done by KIC-member companies between 8.30am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.
Mr Oughton said non-KIC companies conducted alarm testing, but did not provide any public information about scheduled testing times.