Maintaining Your Home Security System With An Extended Family

January 14, 2011 in Home Security System

With the economy being what it is, more and more American families decide on a more communal form of living instead of the traditional single-family household. Roommates sharing apartments, adult children moving back in with their parents, or two or more families sharing one home are becoming increasingly popular scenarios. But when you have a large number of people sharing one home, all with their different schedules and friends they invite over, how can you possibly maintain a sound home security system? If you’re a father working during the day, your wife works early evenings, and your adult son works nights, how do you make sure your home security system is activated when nobody’s at home, or when those at home are asleep? And at the same time, how do you minimize the risk of false alarms? In addition, with everybody’s guests coming and going, how do you know you can trust whoever’s in your home?

Though it may require some planning and effort, it is not impossible to maintain a sound home security system with an extended family. It’s imperative that every adult in the house understands how to activate and deactivate your home security system. Review how the system works and if possible, give everybody their own key or code. Honeywell’s 6271V TouchCenter is a great solution, as it has a large display, a voice annunciation of the type of emergency during an alarm situation, and even allows you to record and playback messages of up to two minutes for your family members. Once everybody understands how your home security system works, make a schedule of times of absence of each family member, so you can work out together when the alarm needs to be activated, and by whom.

In addition, it’s a good idea to make sure everybody is aware when somebody invites guests over. Make sure that whoever you invite into your home is a trusted friend or acquaintance, and make rules about who has access to each family member’s room or rooms. No matter how many precautions you take, make sure to lock valuable items away, and never leave your computer in sleep mode. Be sure to install good passwords on every computer in your home, so nobody has unauthorized access to sensitive personal or professional information.

Last, but not least, think of how to react in an emergency situation. Determine what are the safest areas in the home, as well as the safest route out of the home, and agree on a meeting place in case of evacuation.

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