Home Security Systems: Testing your home alarm

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Regularly testing your home security system is important. Testing allows you to know that your security system is working the way it should, and if it isn't, it lets you know that you need to contact your alarm monitoring company. We encourage our customers to test their security system once per month, and anytime they have had telephone work done. Testing it is easy and shouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

The first thing you should do is contact your alarm monitoring company, in the case of our customers that’s Guardian. Let them know that you’ll be testing your alarm and that you need it placed on test. Placing your alarm on test will prevent the police, fire department or paramedics from being needlessly dispatched.

After you've contacted your alarm monitoring company, set your alarm as you would normally. Now you can either open a door or press a panic button. At this point your siren will sound, just as it normally would if the security system were going off. It is important to let the siren go off for at least 30 seconds. Now, disarm your security system just as you normally would.

The final step in testing your security system is calling your alarm monitoring company and checking that they received a signal. If everything is working correctly, they received the signal from your alarm panel. At this point, you can take your security system off of test.

If you have any additional questions about testing your security system Contact Us.