The annual rite of cleaning your home of the dirt and grime that accumulates over the winter.
While you are busy washing windows, cleaning baseboards and closets, don’t forget to give your security and fire systems a good once over. Don’t let a dead battery or a bad door sensor put you and your family at risk.
While you should check your smoke detectors monthly and your total system on an annual basis, semi-annual housekeeping for your fire and security systems is recommended. Here are a few safety tips:
Walk around the perimeter of your home. Make sure all doors and windows are in good working order and all security contacts are working properly.
Check exterior lighting and replace any light bulbs or lamps, if needed.
Check security cameras to make sure they are recording as they should. Also make sure they are aimed in the right direction. Strong winds, vandals or even a curious deer can knock a camera out of focus. Spiders are also known to build a web on the lens of a security camera, obscuring the view.
Also make sure the backup battery, which kicks in when there is a power outage, is fully charged.
Check each smoke, carbon monoxide and heat detector and replace batteries on wireless devices. Clean any cobwebs, grease or dust from the devices. Also remember to routinely check fire extinguishers.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests you make it a routine practice to check all of your smoke detectors once a month. Make sure all family members know what the sound of the smoke detector means and how to respond.
Consider having your security company conduct and annual inspection. Not only can they fix any problems that arise, but they can also update any software.
Your security and fire systems protect your home and your family. Be proactive. Conduct routine maintenance to keep your home protection systems in good working order. Without it, they could become useless.
Delco Alarm Systems offers preventative maintenance programs for fire and security systems. Serving Delaware County and surrounding areas since 1972, we are known for our top-notch service, quick response time and dependable support. For plans and pricing, contact our professionals at 610-494-9100.