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Preventing False Alarms & Potential Fines

12/07/2012

Prevent False AlarmsA monitored alarm system is an excellent way to protect your home from intrusion, fire, carbon monoxide, water leaks and other life threatening situations. In the event of an emergency, your home alarm system will send a signal to your monitoring company and depending on your city's regulations and your monitoring company's requirements, the police, fire, or EMS department will be contacted to respond to the alarm. While this is a quick way to get help during an emergency, there are far more accidental or non-emergency alarm signals that get sent to these departments than actual emergency signals. When these first responders react to non-emergency alarm signals it is called a false alarm or false dispatch. Here are a few ways you can prevent false alarms in your Indianapolis home as well as reduce your monetary exposure to them:

  • Train everyone in your home on how to arm and disarm the system
  • Make sure everyone in your home has memorized the pass code
  • Schedule a service call immediately if you encounter any problems with your system
  • Keep your alarm company up to date with your contact information
  • If you give someone a key, give them a temporary code as well
  • If you have pets, install a pet-friendly system
  • Check hanging decorations and curtains to ensure they won't activate the alarm
  • Reconfigure your alarm system if you remodel your home
  • Notify your monitoring company when you will be traveling and who, if anyone, will be coming into your house while you are away
  • Check the batteries in your alarm system annually

By employing these tips, you can secure your home while avoiding the headache and fines that come with a false alarm.