Do Not Be the House that is Known for False Alarms

The story of the boy who cried wolf might be hundreds of years old, but the moral it is trying to get across is just as relevant today as it was in previous centuries. While we have sophisticated alarm systems in place in the home, human beings are very simple in how they respond to them. If an alarm goes off repeatedly by accident, they will assume the alarm was tripped by accident every time it goes off. That means they will not respond to an emergency even when an actual emergency does arise.

The Importance of Reducing False Alarms

Depending on your locality, frequent false alarms can lead to fines. While local police can forgive one or two false alarms, repeated instances means the homeowner could be fined. In certain cases, an injunction can be sought to have your home alarm dismantled. THIS WOULD MEAN YOUR HOME IS NO LONGER PROTECTED

Rather than find you and your family in such a situation, it would be best to follow a few simple tips on how to reduce false alarms.

The Basics Tips to Cut Back on False Alarms

Learn all the basics of how to properly operate (engage and disengage) the alarm system. Do not assume that you ''got it.'' Take the steps to learn all there is to know about the correct operation of the alarm. Once you fully understand it, you can then effectively instruct others in the home.

Do not throw away the alarm instruction book. Keep it in a safe place and review it when necessary.

Take the steps to ensure that everyone authorized to engage and disengage the alarm knows the key pad code and how to punch the code in properly. A common reason why an alarm is tripped by accident is the wrong code is typed in which means the alarm is not shut off.

Some alarms do not immediately trip when a door or window is opened. Rather, there will be a short delay allowing your time to turn off the alarm. Be aware of the exact amount of time you have to turn off the alarm before it is tripped.

Be sure that any battery powered false alarms have an effective working battery in it. A weak battery could send improper electrical impulses to an alarm system. This could trip the alarm arbitrarily. Replacing old batteries with properly charged new ones would reduce the possibility of this occurring.

Special Tips on Motion Detector Alarms

Motion detector alarms are those that shoot beams in the interior of the home. Once something moves through these beams, the alarm will soon go off. Frequently, it can go off by accident because of the following reasons:

  • An ajar door swings fully open
  • A dog or cat wanders into a secure area
  • The wind blow through or rain enters via a screen window or door

Basically, when you have motion detector alarms, you need to get control of the motion that might be occurring in the home and minimize false alarms.