Is the weather getting warmer? Can you hear the birds chirping? Are your allergies acting up?

If you answered yes, it most likely means spring has arrived.

Before you can open up your home to the sound of birds chirping and seasonally warm temperatures, you should do some spring cleaning.

If you’re a homeowner with a security system, spring cleaning goes beyond removing clutter from your home—it also involves security system maintenance.

Below, we list some indoor and outdoor spring cleaning tips for better home security.

Outdoor Home Security

Home security starts with your property’s exterior. Consider the following tips when giving your system a spring refresh:

  • Check all lighting around the outside of your home. This means double-checking all bulbs and batteries in case replacements are needed.
  • Ensure the address numbers for your home are properly positioned and painted on your front curb and/or the front of your house. This ensures both are visible for responders in case of an emergency.
  • Examine all outdoor security cameras. If you live in an area with extreme winter weather, inspect all cameras outside your home. Snow and harsh weather conditions may have damaged cameras. Clean all camera lenses with a soft cloth and tighten all mounts.
  • Maintain your home’s landscaping. This includes trimming back bushes to eliminate potential hiding spots for intruders. Also, inspect and repair any damage to fences or other outside boundaries.

Indoor Home Security

Once you’ve secured your home’s exterior, it’s time to check the interior. This means:

  • Checking all window and door locks. Inspect all window and door locks. If any locks seem loose, tighten or replace them. Additionally, clean all windows. The better you can see, the safer you’ll be.
  • Cleaning security equipment. This includes all camera lenses and light fixtures. Not only will you be able to see clearer, dust and dirt can cause equipment operating issues in the future.
  • Emptying fireplaces. If you have a wood fireplace in your home, discard any ash and clean the grate. Additionally, call a chimney cleaner to ensure the flue is clear.
  • Refreshing batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, three out of five residential fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Check the batteries to all detectors and replace them as needed. Then, test all detectors by pressing and holding the test button. After a few seconds, you should hear a loud, piercing siren.

Test Your Home Security System

After you’ve cleaned and inspected your home security features, it’s time to test your system.

Steps can vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your control panel. Below are general steps to consider:

  1. At the Home screen, tap Security.
  2. At the Security screen, tap Menu.
  3. At the Menu screen, tap Toolbox.
  4. To access the system test, enter the master user code.
  5. At the Toolbox screen, tap System Test.

If your home security system requires you to call the central station, follow the tips in this post to do so properly. Like Vector Security, your security company might have a customer portal that allows you to log in and put your system on test mode. You would then only need to contact the Central Station to verify a signal was received.

Use these spring cleaning tips to keep your home security system fresh and operational. Always contact a trusted security expert if you have any questions.