Back when we were all in elementary school, false fire alarms seemed pretty cool. It meant shorter classes, a free recess, and a chance to chat with your friends outside of class. I remember when I was small sitting in a particularly grueling spelling test and wishing and hoping that the fire alarm would go off. Oh, how the times change!
Now I know that false alarms take police, fire, and medical men and women away from real emergencies just to check up on a false alarm. I now know how annoying it is to be a neighbor of that house that always seems to call the police around – not to mention the obnoxious sound the alarms make in the middle of the night. Hate that! And perhaps the more harrowing reason why I hate false alarms is that they cause people to become complacent. If you’ve ever had your alarm go off time after time after time, you never know how you’ll react when it’s the real thing. We don’t want to have dull senses and no sense of emergency when the real thing happens.
To help prevent false alarms you should follow a few simple steps before turning on your alarm system: close and lock all protected doors and windows, keep pets, balloons, fans, and heaters away from motion sensors areas, know how to cancel the alarm, have a plan and know what to do if the alarm accidently gets set off, don’t panic.
It helps to keep Allied Fire and Security in the loop on everything you are doing that could set off a false alarm – call the office when you are hanging drywall, sanding walls, painting or plastering, fumigating, replacing doors or windows, installing or removing wallpaper or carpet, adding air conditioning or insulation, installing attic flooring or basement ceiling, installing intercoms, or installing anything near the alarm access panel. You should also notify us if you decide to hire extra help around the house, get a new pet, if you have plans to sell your home, plans to test your system, or if you want to change your authorized user or call list.