Here we are, another 4th of July to celebrate this Great Country’s Birthday. Happy Birthday America! With the holiday here, there are a few things you need to know about Home Security Systems that may keep you safe, help cut down your false alarms, and your stress levels.
Barbecues and Family Get together is great, and it’s important to make sure you have a fun and safe holiday weekend. When you have people over, make sure that you are aware about how your home security is set up. Do you turn it off? Have it on Stay Mode? All great questions to plan ahead. The last thing you want to do is have one of your friends come in and set the alarm off. At the same time with all the distractions, it isn’t uncommon for someone to walk in unnoticed and take peoples belongings. Make sure you put people items in a designated area where it is away from an open entrance.
If you want to have protection and have your home security still be active, you can. One way would be to know how to use your system. You can bypass certain areas, meaning that the bypass equipment is not active while other pieces are still secured and active. If you have everyone in the back, then keep the front of the home secured and bypass the zones like (backdoors) that will have traffic, and you can have people’s belongings in the front of the home in a bedroom or closet. Call your local provider to make sure you can set up the zones or have them take care of it remotely. Most should have that service available. If you happen to have an image sensor (Motion detector with camera built in), or video cameras, keep it active so when people come in and out you have a picture of each person, if an incident happens you can always go back to the images and look them over.
Make sure that you don’t forget about your pets. We call our packages Life Safety Systems instead of Home Security Systems because we want to protect what matters most. The 4th of July has one of the highest, if not highest, days of pets missing. People are busy doing things, the doors are open, someone may have left the garage open, and things happen. Make sure that you take extra precautions to have your Pet is a safe place too. One solution is using a Pet Tracking System to make sure that you are alerted when they leave a certain range. You want them to enjoy the fun as well but, if needed, you may have to put them up for a few hours. It is much better than the alternative of losing your furry member of your family.
The 4th of July, statistically, has one of the highest rates of false alarms. Why? Well, when you have fireworks that can shake houses and loud noises, some equipment is designed to alert you from certain noises or vibrations. Other times, people have a smoke or heat detector go off from barbecue getting a little smokyJ. That can set off your monitored fire equipment as well. Remember the basics, keep a fire extinguisher close by, if you don’t have one at the very least keep hose or bucket of water near all the fun. Keep fireworks out of young children’s hands and keep them supervised. By taking a few safe and simple steps you can easily reduce your chances of having a situation or a false alarm. If you want to know more, call your security provider and ask them to help you with some tips. Google information on preventing false alarms on home security, or give us a call at 317.559.3500317.559.3500 and we will be happy to help answer any questions. You don’t have to be a customer, we ask that you join our newsletter but if you have that you would know the best way to avoid those false alarms.
So make sure you celebrate America’s Birthday and let Police Officers, EMT’s, Firefighters, and other Emergency Personal have one less false alarm so they can help people who need it and get home to their family. All About Security is dedicated to helping our community in any way we can. Did you know that over 90% of all Home Security Alarms are a false alarm? Being an Authorized Monitronics Dealer, making sure false alarms are limited and following FARA guidelines will help.(False Alarm Reduction Association)