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DON’T WAIT, CHECK THE DATE ON YOUR SMOKE ALARM Smoke Alarm Safety by Independent Alarm

The National Fire Prevention Association recommends that you replace your fire alarms every 10 years.  To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.  To help you follow property smoke alarm safety, the following are recommendations on keeping your family safe with smoke alarms.

  • Install fire alarms on every level of the home including the basement and inside AND outside every bedroom.  Large homes might need extra fire alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms.  When one goes off they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms once a month.
  • There are two types of fire alarms.  Ionization alarms are quicker to warn about flames and Photoelectric are quicker to warn about smoke.  It is best to have some of each in the home
  • Smoke alarms should be located on the ceiling or high on a wall
  • Change batteries every 6 months
  • People who are hard of hearing should have strobing lights and bed shakers

For more great tips read this Huffington Post article on home fire.

Do you have monitored fire alarms in your home?  Our home security systems can include smoke detectors that, for no extra cost, are monitored 24/7, sending the fire company to your house even when you are not there.  We can even add smoke detectors to your existing security system.  Insurance companies generally offer a premium discount of up to 20% for 24-hour monitoring of fire and security systems.

Contact us today for a free estimate to see how we can integrate fire protection into your monitored security system or provide you with a new system.


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2G Sunset


2G Sunset  

Many modern alarm systems communicate to central station using cellular networks.  Some of these alarm systems were installed using a cellular communicator that operates on the older 2G network and are not compatible with the newer 3G/4G network.  The FCC has approved legislation that allows cellular providers to completely discontinue their 2G service effective January 1, 2017. AT&T, a common provider of 2G service for alarm systems, has already stated their intention to discontinue their 2G service effective January 1, 2017.  When the service providers shut down their 2G network, alarm systems using that network may no longer be able to communicate alarm conditions as intended​.

How do you know if your alarm system uses 2G?  

Call your alarm company to see if your alarm system is using the 2G, 3G/4G or CDMA network.

What does the upgrade involve?

In most cases, a technician can upgrade your system by installing a new 3G/4G cellular communicator using your existing wiring.  There is very little down time.

What should you do if you are currently using a 2G system?

Check with your alarm company if they have not already contacted you.  At Independent Alarm, we are offering a low cost solution for our current 2G customers.  We will also inspect your system to make sure it is operating optimally. We recommend acting quickly to avoid any downtime after the 2G sunset begins.

This may seem like a daunting or time consuming process but the conversion is relatively inexpensive, takes little time and will ultimately increase the reliability of your alarm system.  At Independent Alarm we are committed to making the process as easy as possible.  Call now to speak with our service department at 800-322-4231 or email us at if you have any questions or need further assistance, or look for us at

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