On a vessel safety walk-round, an unsafe condition was found whereby alarm push buttons for acknowledgement/mute were kept pressed using toothpicks and scotch tape.
While these were not fire alarms, the principle is the same and for this reason, this incident has been included in a safety flash covering fire-related incidents.
Visual alarms, buzzers and sirens are installed and available for a reason. Timely attendance to alarms is vital to protect personnel, equipment and the vessel against major failures and incidents.
Members may wish to refer to:
- Be alarmed by all alarms (USCG)
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