A residential security system is only as effective as the user who knows the least about it. With that in mind, the children in a household need to understand certain things about how the system works. Here are a few examples of things that a residential alarm system owner needs to teach his or her kids.
Arming and Disarming the System
This is especially important when a child is old enough to be home alone, particularly if the child gets off the bus with no one home during the week. The child will have to understand how to disarm the alarm so that a monitoring company doesn’t get an alert every day that the alarm has gone off. Frequent false alarms can result in slower response times from local emergency services (think “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”). Also, the child should know how to reset the alarm after entering the house so that the perimeter is protected while the interior motion sensors are turned off.
Understanding that the Alarm System Doesn’t Replace the Locks
Children also need to understand that an alarm system is not a substitute for keeping windows and doors secure while at home. A kidnapping can happen quickly, and if doors are left open, such a tragic event could occur faster than local law enforcement can arrive at the scene.
Staying Calm During Times of Emergency
Many alarm systems have a way to trigger an SOS should an emergency occur while someone is home. A child should know what events are considered this sort of emergency and how to send the distress signal. Other things like having designated escape routes in case fire or a break-in and numbers to call when a safe location is reached are also important.
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