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false alarm

A benign situation initially mistaken for an emergency. Mary thought she was going into labor, but it turned out to be a false alarm. When the smoke detectors started beeping, we thought the building was on fire, but it was just a false alarm caused by faulty wiring.
See also: alarm, false

false alarm

A warning signal that is groundless, made either by mistake or as a deliberate deception. For example, The rumor that we were all going to get fired was just a false alarm, or Setting off a false alarm is a criminal offense. This expression, first recorded in 1579, today is often used for a report of a nonexistent fire.
See also: alarm, false

a false aˈlarm

a warning of something, especially something unpleasant or dangerous, which does not in fact happen: They thought the packet contained a bomb but it was a false alarm.
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Mr Keith added: "The Thistles shopping centre specifically was traditionally the source of a high number of false alarms for us, which is not surprising given the nature of the building and that there are multiple businesses operating there.
With a single button push in the Alarm.com mobile app, users can verify an alarm to help expedite emergency response or quickly cancel a false alarm. In addition, home or business owners who need emergency assistance can send a one-touch panic signal directly to their monitoring station.
It went on to say, "The service attended 8% more false alarms in 2018/19 than in the previous year."
Third, participants felt a great amount of relief and gratitude and much less fear, uneasiness, and anxiety when they learned that tornado warnings turned out to be false alarms. Future research can explore reasons why participants experience such changes in emotions, its influence on behavioral decisions, and how we can design more effective warning messages.
If approved as expected, the ordinance would also update references to the correct National Fire Prevention Association's standards and define for the first time what a false alarm management company is for administrative processes related to permitting, registration, billing and data processing.
Around 30 per cent of all the incidents were UFAS, while 11 per cent were false alarms with good intent and two per cent were malicious in nature.
The warning follows an incident that occurred at Effiakuma, a suburb of Takoradi, yesterday, where a woman raised a false alarm that her children were being kidnapped by man, who turned out to be her estranged husband.
There were a further 218,368 false alarms that were not malicious, bringing the total cost of false alarms to an estimated PS444.5 million nationally.
False alarm management is no longer just an optional add-on solution for public safety agencies, but a critical and integral component of an effective CAD system.
He could have offered sympathy for those who endured 38 fearful minutes, promised assistance in protecting against further false alarms, and pleaded to defuse the tensions with North Korea that have amplified fears of a nuclear attack.
These false alarms come a month after EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in early May, claiming the lives of all 66 people onboard.
RAVENOUS residents burning toast have triggered more than 1,000 false alarms, new figures reveal.
RESPONSE Fire crews MORE than half of fire engine call-outs over the past two years at a fire station were in response to false alarms.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service adopted a new system this week which they say is designed to stop the service attending so many time-consuming false alarms.
The Fire Service claims the 'cost recovery' measures have been implemented to drive down the number of false alarms and unwanted fire signals by encouraging those responsible for fire alarms to manage them in an appropriate manner.