Wednesday, March 12, 2008

How to Check a Home Security System

How to Check a Home Security System by eHow Home & Garden Editor

After choosing the right home security system for you and your family, it's time to make sure everything is working properly.

Keeping your home safe is what the security system has been installed for, but making sure it is in working order is the key to staying safe night after night

Step 1:
Set the alarm off intentionally to make sure the alert sounds are loud enough and can be heard throughout the house. Not only does this verify that everything works correctly, it also helps you and your family knows just what to expect in case of emergency. Professionals recommend testing your alarm system at least once each month.

Step 2:
Check each security box to make sure the batteries are fresh. If someone breaks into your home and a portion or all of your alarm system isn't in proper working order, then your safety is at risk. Double check each battery every six months to determine whether or not you should change them out.

Step 3:
Ask questions of your home security system provider. Many times there is so much to remember when setting up your alarm system and some people simply forget to ask questions about the specifics of testing your particular system. Simply pick up the phone and give your service department a call to find out what should be done to keep your alarm system up to date.

Step 4:
Double check your land line and make sure your phone is working properly. Most security systems run in conjunction with your home phone line and have a tendency not to work correctly if there are any problems with the line.

Step 5:
Examine your system to see what is missing from your alarm. Many companies offer all kinds of additions that might be necessary or helpful for both you and your family. Look at what features you think would make you safer each night.
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