Update Schools’ Faulty Fire Alarm Systems

Target: Boston Public School District

Goal: Ensure the fire-safety of all Boston Public Schools

Recent inspections have indicated that over 25% of Boston’s public schools have problematic fire alarm systems.  In addition, reports show that over 10% of these schools have experienced fire alarm problems for numerous consecutive years. Although the public school system has already fixed some of these faulty fire alarms—some schools in fact have brand new, cutting edge fire alarm systems—many schools still lack this essential protection.

The dangers of defective fire alarm systems almost go without saying.  Without adequate warning against building conflagrations, fires can blaze out of control before being noticed and cause significant harm to the teachers, students, and staff members inside.

One Boston elementary school has a fire protection system that dates back to 1904, though those in charge of Boston schools’ fire safety insist that these old alarm systems “still work.” Maybe this school was lucky, or maybe its management just extremely diligent with maintenance, but this brings up another point: if fire alarm system performance does not always correlate with the age of the system, all fire alarm systems should be more carefully checked, regardless of age; if the system doesn’t work, it must be fixed or replaced.

By signing this petition you will help urge the Boston School District to actively inspect and immediately fix or replace faulty fire alarm systems.


Dear Boston School District:

Recently, I have learned that many public schools in Boston have fire alarm systems that are faulty or that experience problems regularly.  As the function of the fire protection system relates closely to the well-being of the teachers, students, and staff members in the public schools, I believe it is necessary to become more vigilant in inspecting and fixing or replacing incompetent fire alarms.

Reports have stated that 25% of schools in Boston public schools have regularly problematic alarm systems.  What strikes me as even more concerning, however, is that 10% of Boston schools have shown problems with their fire alarm systems for numerous consecutive inspections, indicating that they may have gone years without sound warning about possible fires.

It is certainly possible that a school could have an old but effective fire alarm system, but many schools’ alarm systems are faulty because they are outdated.  I understand that several schools have already had their fire alarms replaced with updated versions, and I commend the district for that, but the effort needs to continue so that no school is left in the danger of unwarned fires.


[Your Name Here]

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