Number of false fire alarms responded by U.S. fire departments in 2016, by type of false alarm

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Type of callNumber of calls responded
Unintentional call1,225,500
System malfunction837,000
Other false alarms (bomb scares, etc.)387,500
Malicious, mischievous false call172,500

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This statistic shows total number of false alarms responded by fire departments in the United States in 2016. In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to a total of 2,622,000 false alarms. Malicious false calls increased by 3.9% from 2015, accounting for 172,500 of all false calls.
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September 2017
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