Alarm User Guidelines

  • Use a licensed contractor trained in alarm system installation.
  • Be sure the family and authorized users are trained in operating the alarm system. This training, along with instructional materials, should be provided by the licensed contractor installing your equipment.
  • Implement and use a regular system maintenance schedule.
  • Develop a verification process with your alarm service company.
  • Have your system checked by a trained alarm technician when false alarms are generated.

Your Alarm System
The alarm system you choose should:

  • Be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) approved.
  • Have a backup power or battery system that prevents activations in a power outage.
  • Possess an automatic entry and exit delay system.
  • Allow users to test the system internally for malfunctions.
  • Have a surge protector to prevent power outages due to harsh weather conditions.

For more information call the Prince George's County False Alarm Unit at 301-883-5465.