When looking into getting a new security system, one of the most popular concerns is false alarms. Are they really prevalent enough to be a concern? What happens when there’s a false alarm? How do we avoid them? Here is a short list of some of the most popular causes for false alarms and how to avoid them!

User Mistakes

One of the most common causes for a false alarm is someone using it who doesn’t know what they’re doing. That can mean children messing with it, babysitters and other house employees, or even guests. That’s why it’s important that everyone you authorize to use the security system knows the steps to use it properly. Give the passcode to the guests you trust to come into your home and show them how to properly disarm the alarm without error. It’s also worth keeping a note of the people you’ve given the passcode to in case there is a break-in.

When installing your alarm, choose a keypad location that’s out of reach of children who aren’t able to use it properly.

Poor Installation

The next most common cause for false alarms is poor installation. When installing different alarms in your home, take into consideration the way the surrounding area will affect them.

Smoke detectors shouldn’t be put too close to stoves, fireplaces, or bathrooms. Cooking and fire smoke as well as shower steam can be enough to set your detector off.

Hardwired alarms can give false alarms if they’re not wired in properly. This is one of the reasons having alarms installed professionally is for the best. A professional is much less likely to make mistakes when wiring your house with security.

Motion sensors can be set off by loose doors and windows moving around too much. It’s also important to make sure you’ve chosen the correct sensors for your home. Regular motion sensors will be a nightmare if you own pets. Check into pet-friendly motion sensors to ensure your dog or cat won’t accidentally send you into a panic.

Object Interference

Sometimes false alarms are caused simply by the movement of benevolent household objects. Motion sensors can’t tell the difference between inanimate and living objects unless you’ve opted for a heat-sensing alarm. A fan blowing the window curtains, helium balloons, and stray leaves from a houseplant can all cause a false alarm. Keep the surrounding area in mind when placing motion sensors.

Dispatch Policy

Luckily for us security owners, false alarms are less of a concern now that Toronto Police Services are screening alarms. A false alarm is trouble enough when it’s only your household involved. With alarms being screened for confirmation, you no longer have to worry about the police showing up because your toddler opened the back door without asking!