How do I use my home alarm system?

A home alarm system can be an effective addition to your home's security because it can protect the things that you value the most. However, if it is not used properly, it can literally become a headache – to you and your family, to your neighbors, to your security providers and to the police. False alarms not only annoy everyone who hears them but they can also result in you and your family reducing your readiness in the event of a real security emergency. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your home alarm system works as it should:

Tailor your security level to your needs

Most home alarm systems offer a variety of security modes that can be turned on and off depending on your living circumstances: AWAY (the entire system is armed), STAY (the motion detectors are bypassed but rest is armed), and CUSTOM (your own armed and disarmed combinations). Tailoring your security level to your living circumstances provides you with both convenience and peace of mind. Just remember to switch the mode when your circumstance changes!

Teach your children well

If your children ever come home to an empty house, make sure they memorize your home alarm system's key code. Quiz them from time to time to ensure that they have remembered it.

Test it first

If you want to change any setting in your home alarm system, remember to put it in TEST mode first, and notify your security provider to put your account in test mode to prevent any false alarms. Remember to remove the test mode when the setting has been successfully changed.

Set up multiple contacts

Most home alarm systems allow you to store several telephone numbers that will be contacted once the alarm is activated. Consider storing the contact numbers of different people. By doing so, should one person miss your emergency call, another person can still respond.

Set up a backup

A home alarm system is useless if no one receives the alert. Ensure you have a backup cellular connection in case your phone service is disrupted.

Perform an annual check

Construction or wildlife can cause outside wires to come loose. Test your home alarm system annually to sure all the components are working.

A home alarm system is only as good as its user. If you follow these easy steps, you can rest assured that the security of your home and family are being well looked after.

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