False fire alarms continue to be a problem for fire professionals, businesses, and the public. Most buildings often indicate false fire alarms are among their biggest fire safety challenges. U.S. fire departments responded to 2,238,000 false fire alarms in 2012 (National Fire Protection Association, 2013). In 2009, fire departments responded to 16 false alarms for every 10 fires. The number of false alarms still activated on a daily basis is unacceptable.
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