Teaching Children About Home Security
One of the most important reasons to install a home security system is to protect your family. As a parent, I hate the idea of my children being in danger, so installing a home security system was an easy decision to make. Now, as they’re getting older, customers ask me if I’ve taught them how to use the alarm system. My answer? Of course!
Without a doubt, you should teach your children to use your home security system.
Here are two main reasons why:
In the case of emergency — whether it’s in the case of a fire or a break-in — you want to know that your child can activate the alarm and use it to call for help. Once the child activates the alarm, he or she will speak with an agent at the monitoring station. Being able to call for help in this way could make a huge difference in your child’s safety. With how often children are home alone these days, it’s imperative that they be able to operate the security system.
Avoid false alarms. False alarms are more than a nuisance. In some municipalities they could cost you in penalties and fines. If your child knows how to operate the system (including how to turn it off and on, and how to respond when the monitoring agent calls) your risk of false alarms decreases dramatically.
“When is my child old enough to learn how to operate the alarm?”
The answer to this depends largely on their age and maturity. For children who are very young, it’s important to teach that the security system is not a toy. It’s got buttons and can make noise, but it’s not something to be played with. Once your children are a little older, begin to teach them about how the system works and what its purpose is. As a general rule, if kids are old enough to stay home alone, they are old enough to learn how to operate the home security system.
If this is the case with your children, be sure and teach them how to do the following things:
- Turn the system off/on. It may be helpful to post the 4-digit entry/exit code near the alarm keypad.
- When and how to send a panic/duress signal. Make sure your child knows that the panic/duress signal is only used in the case of extreme emergencies.
- How to speak to the monitoring agent when they call. Make sure your child knows the passcode. That’s the word that identifies alarm users to the monitoring agent.
If you need help teaching your little ones how to use the security system, give us a call. We’d be happy to give you some pointers.