False Alarms and How to Avoid Them

What is a False Alarm?


The object of an alarm is to have it activate for real activations ONLY and not to have false alarms and accidental activations that annoy neighbour’s and cost money in expensive guard call outs, or if self-monitored cause worry and disruption to your daily life.

A False Alarm is when your alarm activates by itself for no reason.

An Accidental Activation is when a user is too slow turning off the alarm or forgets the code; accidental activations are NOT false alarms, if accidental activations continue then as a user you should have training in the alarm’s correct use or have a technician increase delay times. 

95% of activations are false alarms.

90% of false activations occur in 10% of the alarms

If you have a false alarm activation then always record which zone has activated (available from the keypad), If you then have the same zone repeatedly activating have a technician check out the zone. 




What Causes False Alarms?

Although most false alarms are blamed on faulty equipment, the most likely cause of a false alarm will be one of the following:

Environmental Factors

All detection devices are designed to operate within certain environmental parameters. Factors to look for in trying to determine the cause of a false alarm are:

User Error

Corrosion & Damage to Wiring

Battery Failure

Power Problems

To Avoid False Alarms and Accidental Activations


The Consequences of False Alarms and Accidental Activations