If you heard the drones of Syngenta sirens this morning there was no cause for alarm.
The Huddersfield chemicial firm was simply testing its public information system for the 30th year on Leeds Road site.
To get the community involved students from North Huddersfield trust School helped press the button.
Syngenta community relations manager Carl Sykes said: “Every year for the last 30 years Syngenta has tested their public warning sirens at the manufacturing centre on Leeds Road.
“Last year the company worked with Kirklees Environmental Noise team to analyse the impact of the sirens which reportedly could be heard from Almondbury to Quarmby and Jackson Bridge to Linthwaite.”
He added: “For us the siren test is business as usual. We test our sirens on low volume regularly and we have tested our sirens on full volume every year for the last 30 years to ensure our systems are robust.
“From the work we did last year with Kirklees Environmental Noise team we have refined our testing procedure so that the test is shorter and disturbance kept to a minimum.”
Every year Syngenta writes to 9,000 addresses locally in their public information zone with a Community Safety Plan, giving advice on what to do if they ever sound in an emergency.
The company Tweeted after the test: “All warning systems operational. 2015 siren test completed. Thank you for your patience.”
Syngenta in Huddersfield manufactures chemicals for use in farming.
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