Pets and alarms do not always mix well. Learn the ins and outs of having both pets and a viable security system.Pets & Alarms
An alarm beeps to inform you that the status has changed. In most cases it is NOT an emergency.
The MOST COMMON CAUSE of an alarm beeping is a recent temporary loss of communication with the Monitoring Station.
This occurs when your PERIODIC TEST (the daily signal that the alarm sends to ensure that the lines of communication are open) fails. This Periodic Test is usually set for the early hours of the morning. Phone service can be interrupted during the night from provider problems or due to the phone being "off the hook".
Bosch Alarm PRESS the [AWAY #] button momentarily
DSC Alarm PRESS the [AWAY #] button momentarily
Paradox Alarm PRESS the [TRBL] button momentarily
NOTE 1: Stopping the beeping only silences the alarm to give you some peace. It does not rectify the problem. In most cases the issue will rectify itself in time, but sometimes there might be a real fault, such as a failing battery or sensor.
NOTE 2: "MOMENTARILY" means a quick press. Holding the button down for longer may ARM the alarm.
Read your manual to learn how to perform a FAULT ANALYSIS on your alarm.
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Theory is that pets covered with fur appear cooler to infra-red detectors than human skin, which is much warmer. Motion detectors are pre-set to detect body temperatures.
Pets give off heat, and especially if they're been lying in front of a heater or in the sun, they can be very hot. That's why special sensors must be utilised to avoid false alarms caused by pets.
You're probably heard of pet-friendly PIRs or cat-ignore sensors (and may even have them installed). The question is, how do they work? The key elements to pet friendly sensors are height and weight . A sensor may be catergorised cat or dog.
Small creatures walking calmly across the floor will be ignored by cat-ignore sensors (1–20kg). Slightly larger creatures walking across the floor will be ignored by dog-ignore sensors (45kg). But a human walking upright through the room will still trigger the alarm.
So long as animals behave themselves, there should be no false alarms. But few people know what animals get up to when their owners are away! Once again, the critical word is HEIGHT.
Fighting or playing cats can leap into the air and cause false alarms. So can two small dogs. In fact, when a client tells us that they have two small dogs, we know immediately that a potential problem exists.
Cats that have access to high areas will also trigger the alarm. Couches, mantel pieces and window sills all raise a cat into PIR territory.
Also, some people's idea of a dog would be better applied to a horse.
And finally, PIRs that point directly at stairs cannot be set to ignore animals.
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