Alarm Systems Check Up For the DIYers
Updated: Nov 22
As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to festive celebrations, family gatherings, and perhaps some well-deserved travel. But amidst all the joy and cheer, it's crucial not to overlook one key aspect: Home & Business Security. Here’s the first in a series of vital tips and reminders to ensure your property remains protected, giving you peace of mind to fully enjoy the season:
If you have a Security Alarm System, now is the time to test it to make sure it’s working properly. You can always call Proactive Protections to schedule an inspection, but for those looking to save money, here are some steps to test the system yourself. For the DIYers, start here.
1. Notify the Alarm Company-
Before beginning the test, notify your alarm monitoring company to avoid false alarms and unnecessary and costly emergency dispatches.
2. Check the System Status-
Inspect the Control Panel: Verify that your system is in working order and ready for testing. Make sure there are no existing error messages or maintenance warnings.
3. Test Individual Sensors and Detectors-
Ensure the alarm siren activates when the system is triggered. The sound should be loud and clear.
Door and Window Sensors: You can open each door and window one at a time to check if the alarm system recognizes the action, but I recommend arming the system to “AWAY”, before tripping each sensor one by one to ensure the alarm center receives the signals.
Motion Detectors: Arm your system to “AWAY” then wait for 3-4 minutes before you walk through areas covered by motion detectors to ensure they detect movement. Some motion detectors have a short delay before they pick up motion immediately after arming the system.
Glass Break Sensors: Use the "test" mode if available or follow the instructions in your user manual. Some systems allow you to simulate the sound of breaking glass for testing these sensors. To test your glass break sensor, use your cell phone to search for a simulated glass break sound. With your system still in test, set the system to away. Wait for a few minutes then stand near the sensor and play the glass break sound.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Press the test button on these detectors. Some systems allow for an actual smoke test, but this should be done carefully and in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.
4. Check Remote Monitoring and Notifications -
Remote Access: If your system has remote capabilities, use your smartphone or computer to arm and disarm the system. Check for timely notifications and alerts.
5. Contact the Alarm Company Again-
Once you’ve’ tested each zone-to verify that each alarm signal was received by the monitoring center. They should be able to confirm receipt of the alarm test signal. If everything is ok, inform your alarm monitoring service that the test is complete so they can return your system to its normal monitoring status.
6. Address Any Issues-
Resolve Problems: If you encounter any issues during testing, arrange for repairs or adjustments as soon as possible.
A secure home is a happy home! Let's make this holiday season a safe and joyous one for everyone.
Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!
Disclaimer: The provided steps for testing your alarm system are general guidelines and should be used for informational purposes only. It's essential to consult your specific alarm system's manual or contact the manufacturer for exact testing procedures. Always inform your alarm monitoring service before conducting any tests to prevent false alarms and unnecessary emergency responses. The effectiveness of these tests depends on the correct functioning of your alarm system and its components. Regular professional maintenance is recommended to ensure the optimal performance and reliability of your system. The user assumes all responsibility for any risks and consequences associated with testing their alarm system.