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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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It was a false alarm - someone pushed the wrong button, sending alerts to cell phones all over the islands.
Across England, in 2016/17, fire alarms were falsely sounded on 19,777 occasions 16,847 times in 2015/16, and is the highest number of false alarms recorded since 20,649 in 2011/12.
On 1 June EgyptAir received a false alarm suggesting that there was a bomb on board flight MS960 heading to Bangkok.
In addition, the system, which covers a 100,000 square foot area, has been specifi-cally configured to overcome the common contributors to warehouse false alarms.
Officer Lowether said: "Essentially false alarms waste the organisation's time, firefighters' time and could cost lives.
STAND-IN fire crews were plagued by some bizarre false alarm calls during the 24-hour firefighters' strike.
Ultimately a collection of empowering tunes, there is a thread of ennui in Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms that suggests a broken heart was what propelled Pacek on the journey.
And it estimates that false alarms cost it PS37million each year, with a cost to the UK economy of around PS1billion.
9 million false alarms," says Peter Ebersold, director of marketing for NOTIFIER, a manufacturer of life safety systems.
This article discusses the most important of these challenges along with the problems associated with dust, the avoidance of false alarms, fire detection installations for clean rooms, the desirability of future proofing in fire alarm systems and the selection of suppliers for fire alarm systems.
Drivers have been told to travel at "normal" speeds to buildings where there have been repeated false alarms - including one of Scotland's biggest hospitals.
The ELDS gas detectors are said to solve a problem common in the oil and gas industry: unreliable readings causing costly false alarms.