Use a licensed contractor trained in alarm system installation.
Be sure the family and authorized users are trained in operating the alarm system. This training, along with instructional materials, should be provided by the licensed contractor installing your equipment.
Implement and use a regular system maintenance schedule.
Develop a verification process with your alarm service company.
Have your system checked by a trained alarm technician when false alarms are generated.
Your Alarm System
The alarm system you choose should:
Be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) approved.
Have a backup power or battery system that prevents activations in a power outage.
Possess an automatic entry and exit delay system.
Allow users to test the system internally for malfunctions.
Have a surge protector to prevent power outages due to harsh weather conditions.
For more information call the Prince George's County False Alarm Unit at 301-883-5465.