Temperatures are on the rise, and SPRING is here! Time to open up those windows and dust off those winter cobwebs.

Many of you will be washing windows, mopping floors, cleaning your fridge, but what about your security system? Custom Security recommends that you test your system frequently to ensure continued protection and reliable service. Why not include these easy steps in your spring cleaning routine!

How to test your alarm system:

1. Call Security Central Monitoring Station at 1-800-560-6176

2. Give them your name and PASSWORD

3. Tell them to put your account on TEST for 1 hour

After you hang up with Central Station…

4. ARM your system…WAIT 1 minute to over-ride the delay

5. Open each door/window that has a contact (do this slowly…open one door/then close it and move on to the next)

6. After opening each exterior door/window..silence your system and reset

7. Call Central Station again at 1-800-560-6176

8. Give your name and password to take your system off test and ask them what signals they received.


Please keep in mind that testing your system is setting the system off on purpose. Yes, you heard that right, on PURPOSE! Why would we want to set it off? This allows the system to do its job by transmitting the signals from the door or window you opened over to the monitoring station. While it will be noisy, putting the system on test prevents the police or fire department from being dispatched to your home; however, if you do forget to put the system on test they will be there within a few short minutes.

In addition to making sure that the system transmits those proper signals, Custom Security also recommends some additional “cleaning” tips:

1. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries can last for years, but it is highly recommended to test them frequently in your life safety devices. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes where the smoke detectors were not working. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports about 170 deaths in the United States each year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Safety Tip: Has it been 10 years or more since your smoke detectors were installed? The National Fire Protection Association recommends that all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years. Call Custom Security to get a quote and have your smoke detectors replaced!

2. Dust your motion detectors. Dust can collect on your motion detectors and cause false alarms. Carefully dusting around these devices can help to eliminate these false alarms.

Fun Fact: Did you know that a motion detector sees a fly (or small bug) as an elephant!? Okay, it doesn’t really see an elephant, but it does think that a small bug or particle is the size of a large animal and it will cause the motion to go off when armed.

3. Clean your light fixtures. In doing so, not only will your home look brighter but you will also be able to see better.

4. Check your window locks. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to clean the interior and exterior glass. This is also the perfect time to make sure the locks and seals are properly securing the window. If any locks seem loose, they should be tightened or replaced.

5. Clean around your refrigerator and washer/dryer. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of house fires involving washers/dryers was due to failure to clean (32%). Anywhere you have a lot of dust and major electrical equipment, there is the potential for a fire! There are brushes/dusters that are specifically made to clean the coils in major appliances, guaranteeing a good deep-cleaning. You should also get in the habit of cleaning your lint screen every time you run your dryer.

6. Check your doors. Recently moved? Misplaced your keys? Had visitors or vendors who have had access to your home? Now is a good time to test your dead bolts, and maybe even consider changing the lock. A deadbolt is harder to pick, making it more difficult for a thief to get into your home.

7. Update your personal information with Custom Security. You should always know your verbal password and master code to arm/disarm your system. Unsure of what those are? Don’t remember who is on your call list? Give us a call to make sure your information is correct and up-to-date.

Would you like Custom Security to help with your spring security system clean-up? Call our office at 843-342-9899 today to schedule one of our experienced technicians to come out and do a full inspection on your system for you!