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false alarm

noun deception, fabrication, fake, false alert, false arrest, false danger signal, false notice, false notification, false signal, false warning, fraud, sham
See also: hoax
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Fines Local governments that implement false alarm fines typically allow an alarm owner three "free passes" per year.
In 2003-04, police responded to 3,805 alarm calls, of which 3,727 were false alarms.
They also mean that fire crews who attend these false alarms are not available to attend life threatening incidents, undertake critical training or work in the community to prevent fires from happening in the first place.
In their new paper, "The Cry Wolf Effect and Weather-Related Decision Making," Jared LeClerc and Susan Joslyn of the University of Washington examine the impact of false alarms on the participants' willingness to take precautions when authorities issue warnings and urge action.
Some 29 of the 50 calls received during the strike were from automatic fire alarms, many of them false alarms.
The fire engine hit the tree on the way to a false alarm call-out.
One manufacturer of detectors is now so confident about the false alarm performance of its products that it is offering a guarantee against false alarms.
Bosses are also reducing the number of crew that attend callsouts they believe may be false alarms.
The drama began in Sewall Highway when workers thought they had ruptured a gas pipe, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
LIVES could be put at risk every day as firefighters waste hours responding to false alarms in public buildings and businesses.
As the Moscow News later reported, Petrov then made his historic decision and called his Kremlin liaison to report it was a false alarm.
Created by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) and False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), the award is designed to raise industry awareness regarding false alarms.