Individuals and businesses are charged $10 per year for their fire alarm system and $10 for their police alarm system. Failure to register will incur a $100 fine. See Burglar & Fire Alarm Registration to download an application.
Section 900 of the MSFC requires that all fire alarm systems and portable fire extinguishers be maintained in good operating condition and be serviced annually.
Annual service and testing is required by an authorized service technician in accordance with nationally recognized standards.
A copy of all service and maintenance reports shall be kept on the premises for a minimum of five years for review by the fire department.
Annual service is required by a trained service technician in accordance with nationally recognized standards.
A monthly visual inspection of each extinguisher should be performed to insure:
If any problems are found that could make the extinguisher inoperative or dangerous to operate, it should be removed from service until repairs can be made.
Note: Any time an extinguisher is removed for service, a replacement extinguisher should immediately be provided.
To ensure the highest degree of safety for the owners and residents of buildings with fire alarm systems, we will be using the following procedures when called to a false alarm:
We will assist in the removal of smoke and/or resetting the system, reminding the manager that detectors should be covered to protect them while dust is being produced.
In the event of an unknown cause or storm related alarms, we will do everything we can to determine why the fire alarm system activated. If there is no apparent reason for the alarm, the fire department will not attempt to reset the system. We will require the occupant to call a qualified service technician to determine why the fire alarm system activated and to make proper repairs. The service company will be required to complete a report stating why the alarm went off, how the problem was remedied and what things should be done to keep this from happening again.
Until the qualified service technician arrives, the fire department will maintain a fire watch in the affected area. The owner of the property will be required to pay a fee for this service. The fee is $30/hour with a two hour minimum. If authorization to call for service cannot be obtained, a standby firefighter shall be assigned for however long it takes to get a qualified technician on site.
Exception 1: If the owners representative agrees, the fire department will call a service company that has agreed to respond in less than one hour. If this is the case, the owners representative may provide the fire watch. The owner will be billed by the fire alarm service company.
Exception 2: If the fire alarm company normally servicing a specific system can guarantee one hour service, the owner's representative may provide the fire watch.
The City of Hopkins bills you for false fire alarms.
The Hopkins Fire Department averages 160 false alarm calls per year. This is over 40% of our total fire calls. More than half of these false alarms are preventable or can be eliminated with proper maintenance of fire alarms. Excessive alarms such as this:
No. Your fire alarm system is required by law. It must be maintained in operable condition.
Yes, but there is a catch. The Minnesota State Fire Code allows the fire department to require that your fire alarm system be hooked directly into a monitoring company. If you have a fire sprinkler system, you should already be tied in somewhere. If you have a fire alarm system only, you may not be remotely monitored. It is the policy of the Hopkins Fire Department not to require remote monitoring of fire alarm systems unless one of the following conditions exist.
No. The intent of the policy is not to bill property owners for false alarms. We want to cut down on the number of false alarms.
The first false alarm of a calendar year is free. After that, it will cost $250 per alarm. This is the average cost to the City for an emergency response. The cost is incurred as soon as the dispatcher pages the fire fighters, even if they are canceled before arriving at your building.
75% of our fire alarm calls are caused by 25% of our alarmed buildings. This tells us that just because you have a fire alarm system doesn't mean you are going to have false alarms. Things that can be done to cut down on false alarms include the following: