The City of Burlington adopted a Police and Fire Alarm Ordinance
in an effort to make alarm response more effective. The ordinance brings the city in line with alarm policies in surrounding municipalities and gains control over a problem with excessive false alarms within the city. The main focus of this ordinance is to require alarm subscribers for businesses and residences to assume responsibility for their alarms. Alarm subscribers are required to obtain a permit, providing information on the alarm system as well as emergency contacts. You can view more information here.
HOW TO AVOID FALSE ALARMS:
Considering the advanced technology utilized by modern home security systems, it may be surprising to learn that the vast majority of calls to police are false alarms. In fact, at least 90% of security system alarm calls prove to be unnecessary. Fire alarms are also susceptible to false alarms often due to a low battery, a loose electrical connection, high humidity, or dirt in the sensor chamber. They require maintenance just like any other household product. Frequently, the most common false alarms are due to human error, which homeowners can easily avoid by following the following tips thus avoiding embarrassment and a potentially costly situation.