Security system maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency, and to avoid preventable and expensive problems.
There are also some simple home maintenance tasks you can do to ensure your home is being kept as secure and safe as possible. Read on for a guide on maintenance that can help you improve your home’s security.
Checking the batteries for your security and health monitoring devices is an important part of monthly maintenance. Be sure to check out the batteries in your:
- Smoke alarms
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Control panels
- Security cameras
- Window and door sensors
- Smart locks
- Image sensors
It’s a good idea to keep extra batteries on hand so you can swap out old batteries for fresh ones any time of day or night. There’s nothing more annoying than the warning beep of a low-power smoke alarm at two in the morning.
Check Out the House
Most security tips say that once a month, you should conduct a walk around the perimeter of your home to check your outdoor equipment and points of entry. That means:
- Clean any outdoor cameras you have. Inspect their mounts and verify they are secure.
- Inspect your window and door locks to ensure they are functional.
- Check out your window frames and door frames to make sure they are not rotting. A rotting window or door frame can allow a burglar easy entry.
- Test your outdoor lighting to be certain it’s working.
- Trim your hedges and vines so you limit or eliminate hiding spots outside, and to provide a clear line of sight for your cameras.
- Examine the adhesive for your door and window sensors to make certain it is still holding tight.
- Test any security system control panels according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Focus on Safety
Home safety doesn’t only mean door locks and perimeter cameras. One of the most important security tips is to check your emergency equipment in case a dangerous situation crops up. This can include:
- Ensure you have a fire extinguisher on every level of your home. Inspect them every month and have them serviced if the pressure gauge has a low reading.
- Check your hurricane supplies to be certain everything is safe and the water remains potable.
- Go over safety rules and plans with your children, including what to do in case of fire or dangerous weather. Also be certain they know what to do in case strangers approach them or attempt to enter the house.
SafeTouch Security Can Help You Maintain Your Home’s Security
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