Alarm System Test

Basic System Test Procedure

Testing your system is an important part of making sure that it is working as intended. Please read the full procedure and familiarize yourself with the process before beginning a test. During the test, keep track of of the following actions that you take so that you can compare them to the signals received by our monitoring station.

  1. First, contact us at (502) 364-8879 to let us know that you wish to initiate a test. Be prepared to give our operator your “Pass Word” and let them know how long you want your system “ON TEST”. This will prevent false alarms and keep the police department or fire department from coming to your business or home during a system test.
  2. Arm your system in the “EXIT” or “AWAY” mode and step outside through the door that you normally Enter or Exit from, close the door, and wait 90 seconds.
  3. Open the door, but, DO NOT disarm the system. Wait there until the siren begins to sound.
  4. Once the Siren is sounding, open and close all other protected doors and windows (while siren is sounding). Walk in front of any Motion Sensors and activate any other Intrusion Detection Devices that may be installed at the premises.
  5. Make sure that the siren sounds for at least 60 seconds. Then disarm and reset your system.
  6. Activate your duress code and panic buttons on the keypad as well as any other panic buttons or devices. Then reset the system.
  7. One at a time, activate all Smoke/Heat Detection Devices (if they are connected to your security system), resetting the system after each activation. NOTE: Wait 2 minutes after resetting the fire alarm before attempting to activate another Smoke/Heat Detection Device. See Fire Alarm Limitations.
  8. Finally, call us back and ask the operator to tell you what signals they received. Be prepared to write down the list of signals that our monitoring station received.

If you don’t test weekly, then don’t be surprised if your security system does not perform when you need it most! Our monitoring services do not include testing your system automatically nor do we have any means of knowing when it is not functioning properly.