Amanda's Law now in effect (2/22/2010) - Download FASNY Statement
Effective February 22, 2010 all homes in New York must have at least one CO detector present:
Remember that local fire departments, code officers and insurance companies will monitor and enfore the law, similar to smoke detectors laws so check with your alarm professional.
Your alarm professional can make sure that your home not only complies but exceeds these requirements. As part of a professionally installed security and fire system CO detectors can also be central station monitored!
False Alarm Prevention - Download brochure
Thousands of homeowners and business rely on sophisticated alarm systems to summon help for burglaries, fires and medical emergencies. Yet about
90 percent of calls sounded each year are false alarms, tripped inadvertently because of user error and faulty equipment.
As an alarm owner, you should know the severity of a false alarm dispatch is the same as falsely calling 911.
Most false alarms are caused either by user error or an environmental factor at the location - such as birds in a warehouse tripping a motion detector.
So the best way to limit false alarms is through knowledge of your system and the location it is designed to protect. For instance, motion detectors
shouldn’t be installed in areas where pets can roam.
In the event of a FIRE ALARM, NEVER assume that it is a false alarm. Treat every fire alarm as the real thing. Do not reset the alarm until the fire department arrives. They need to see where the problem is in case it is a malfunction.
Why are false alarms a problem? False alarms take police away from real emergencies. This embarrassing situation for you can endanger the responding authorities and the whole community.
False alarms can lead neighbors to ignore your alarm when it goes off.
False alarms make you reluctant to arm your system, exposing your home and property to undetected theft or fire.
False alarms can cost you money! Many cities and towns assess costly fines for excessive false alarms.
False alarms make your security system less reliable and credible.
Learn how YOU can Prevent False Alarms
Be comfortable using your system
Everyone who has keys to your home and business must know how to operate your security system.
Have all alarm system users practice the process to cancel an accidental alarm.
Keep in touch with your alarm company!
The bottom line is to be comfortable with your alarm system, and to communicate with your alarm company. Call with any questions, concerns, or changes in your household or business since the system was installed.