Siren tests vi­tal to safety

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

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.

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