Alarm System Maintenance Guide
Alarm System Maintenance Guide
An alarm system maintenance guide is essential planning for your security systems’ ongoing health and performance.
Step 1. You have been proactive and you installed a security alarm system. Congratulations and well done.
Step 2. You have kept a User Guide somewhere on your alarm system. Again congratulations if you have done so, if not please take action to source a User Guide and keep it either in print form or as an electronic pdf on your computer or cloud storage drive.
Step 3. You actually use your security alarm system. The best way to become familiar and comfortable with your system is to use it, reference your User Guide, discuss situations with your service provider.
Step 4. MAINTAIN your security alarm system.
So what should you do to maintain your security alarm system?
- Test your alarm system regularly. Most of the time we simply arm the alarm system and drive away hoping it will do what it needs to in the event of an intrusion. But do we really know what’s going to happen? The only way to know that the sirens are still working and all the detectors are picking up movement is to arm the alarm and do a full walk test. There are many environmental conditions that will deteriorate the performance of both sirens and detectors so it is important to test the system regularly.
- Clean the detectors. Simply wipe the lens section of the detectors to remove the film of dust. We all know what it is like looking through a pair of dirty sunglasses, the same for a detector, a smeared vision will affect the operation of the micro-processors behind the detector lens.
- Monitor the user list in your alarm system programming to ensure it is up-to-date. Like most pass code devices you should consider changing your PIN code from time to time particularly if you have issued it to friends, neighbours, tradesmen etc.
- Check that you know how to change, add & delete users from your alarm system (refer to your User Guide). You may need to talk to the installer to ensure correct levels of user authorisation are assigned to you for this purpose.
- Change your security alarm system back-up battery every 2 to 3 years. Do so particularly if you are going away for an extended period and expect your alarm system to operate in the event of a power failure. Remember a power failure can be from someone going to your electrical meter box and flicking off the circuits, so make sure you have the box secured.
- If you have wireless devices such as remotes, detectors and sirens you may also want to update their batteries before going away. Keep a list of the battery types you need for these devices.
- Perform system firmware updates for IP devices. Many of the modern systems are now IP connected devices and hence will have firmware updates time-to-time.
You may take these precautionary steps yourself or invite your security provider to perform the maintenance on a planned schedule every year and at the same time perform system firmware updates and programming updates to suit your needs.
- Posted on 20-04-17
- Posted in Security Advice