DALLAS, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is the busiest season for movers with an estimated 37 million Americans moving. With a growing number of alarm systems protecting homes it is important to follow these steps to ensure a smooth and safe transition to your new home.
"Have a security professional check the alarm system in your new home to make sure that it is functioning properly," said Merlin Guilbeau, executive director of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). "Change the password and codes which may have been shared with workers, movers and real estate agents while the home was for sale. Be sure to replace any batteries in the system including the backup battery."
Know the type of protection your new home's system provides. "Are smoke detectors wired to notify a central monitoring station in case of a fire?" said Guilbeau. "Are motion detectors correctly positioned to take pets into account? Is there a carbon monoxide detector?"
Does your new community require you to register your alarm system? Some police departments will not respond without a registration number. You can find information about alarm system permits on most police department websites.
Know who is monitoring your alarm. If you decide to use the company currently monitoring the alarm, you will need to contact that company to set up your account and provide passwords and other information so that they can continue the service. You can also check to see if the company offers discounts or special offers for your new home.
Many alarm companies will provide a free security review that will evaluate security issues in your home. ESA offers a list of members who agree to abide by the ESA Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. ESA members have access to training, certification and information that sets them apart from other security companies.
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest and longest-established trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. ESA's consumer website offers information on the industry as well as tips for consumers. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.alarm.org.
SOURCE Electronic Security Association