U.S. fire statistics: number of false alarms, by type 2018

This statistic shows total number of false alarms responded by fire departments in the United States in 2018. In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to a total of 2,889,000 false alarms. Malicious false calls increased by 22% from 2017, accounting for 171,500 of all false calls.

Number of false fire alarms responded by U.S. fire departments in 2018, by type of false alarm

Type of callNumber of calls responded (in thousands)
Unintentional call1,378.5
System malfunction888.5
Other false alarms (bomb scares, etc.)450.5
Malicious, mischievous false call171.5
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

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