False alarms are quite annoying and may cause unnecessary panic amongst you and your neighbors. They also also waste precious time of legal authorities or of the security alarm company, keeping them from a real emergency. It’s always better to get to the root cause of the problem and prevent false alarms from being activated again. Here are some things you need to do if your security system is triggered frequently.
Train All Users
It is important for all the adults in the house to learn how to use the security alarm. The main cause of false alarms is human error. So, make sure that every adult who lives in your house or visits it on a daily basis, like a babysitter or relatives, knows how to operate the alarm.
They must know the password and practice arming and disarming the system. Inform the security company when you plan to test the device so that it does not alert the police.
Shut All Doors and Windows
It is important to tightly shut all your doors and windows before arming the alarm system. Loose windows or doors can trigger false alarms easily, especially when it’s windy outside.
Most people do not remember to check the alarm’s battery status and keep searching for external causes of a false alarm. Most alarm systems indicate when the battery is low. Check the battery status every few months to see if it needs to be changed.
These are one of the common reasons for false alarms. Pets like to move about the place and climb on everything. If pets come in the way of the motion sensors, they can trigger the alarm. Ask the security alarm technician to fix the motion sensors at a height where the pets are not able to trigger the alarm.
If you have insects crawling over your walls, they might crawl inside a motion detector, triggering the alarm. Ask the technician to close off any access holes in the motion detector. Also, try spraying insecticide frequently to keep insects away from the device.
Here are some other tips to follow:
- Blowing curtains can set off the security alarm as well. So, keep curtains away from the motion detector to avoid unnecessary false alarms.
- Balloons, wind chimes and other such items that are easily moved by the wind can also trigger the motion sensor. It is best to clear such things out of the way.
- Ceiling fans or air vents that emit gusts of air can also trigger the alarm easily. So, position the sensor where the air does not disturb it.
These tips cover the primary ways you can prevent triggering a false alarm. However, always keep the manual in an accessible place so that you can refer to it when necessary.
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