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UL Certified Security Systems Are Important for Your Business
If you’ve been shopping for a security system for your business and your insurance company informs you that the system must be UL certified, American Alarm Systems can help. In many industries, different types of certifications can assure customers that the quality of the product or services meets a certain threshold. Let’s break down exactly what it means to be UL certified in the security industry and whether it’s an important feature to consider when choosing a commercial security system or services for your business.
What is UL Certification?
UL is an abbreviation, and it stands for Underwriters Laboratories. Underwriters Laboratories is an independent, non-profit certifying organization that works to promote safety by helping industries, customers, and government agencies adhere to specific standards.
When a company is “UL” certified or listed, it means they have been tested on and met the higher- quality standards and regulations agreed upon for their industry, product, or services. Some alarm companies or monitoring facilities might be certified by other independent agencies, but the Underwriters Laboratories is the leader for inspection and certification of central stations and security alarm systems.
What are UL Certified Security Systems?
Different components of a security system can be UL certified, as well as certain kinds of services and even monitoring centers. But what UL certification means is specific to each product or service. To have a UL certified security system means that the system, devices, and installation practices are up to UL code. All control panels, door sensors, motion detectors, glass breaks, safe and vibration sensors, bells, and power requirements must be met or exceeded. Additionally, alarm communications between a business and a UL central station must be in constant so that your site is protected 24/7. Underwriters Laboratories testing also includes analysis of the businesses UL certificate on file along with a yearly site inspection to maintain certification. Central stations that provide security monitoring must have hardware and software with specific guidelines for storage, data integrity, and system integration as well as rigorous response protocols. Fire alarm systems can also be UL certified and involve multiple requirements, including having certified installers. UL listed security systems have high-level protocols for response times that UL central stations act upon when an alarm or communications interruption occurs. This high standard, ensures that your site is always online and protected.
Benefits of a UL Certified Security System
Having a UL listed system isn’t just preferable, most times an insurance company requires it. It’s a sign of an alarm company that takes their commitment to keeping your business safety seriously. UL certified systems and central stations have been shown to have faster response times, less hardware and software downtime, and higher quality of service. And, in addition to having a professional partner who is as invested in securing your property as you are, UL certified systems and services have the following advantages for a business owner.
Lower Insurance Costs
Most insurance companies will reward businesses who have earned UL certification with lower premiums. The UL testing process implies a certain level of quality and professionalism that reduces risk and makes it easier to insure your property.
Because being UL certified involves rigorous testing and adherence to industry standards, you can be sure alarm companies with certified systems, services, and stations have met the same criteria.
Back Up Systems
UL certified systems need to have a backup or redundant communications so when the connection is lost, your security panel and devices remain online and functional. This applies not just to power sources, but also to communications like radio, internet and cellular communicators that UL certified security systems rely on.
In the case of things like fire systems, complying with the most current fire standards or municipal codes is vital not only for the safety of your business and employees but also to avoid incurring costly fees for safety violations or lawsuits. For instance, in addition to meeting National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for fire codes, UL certified fire systems also need to comply with local fire authorities requirements.
Trained, Professional Help
Because UL certification also involves ensuring employees of the alarm company and monitoring centers have been properly trained and background checked, you can be confident that the help you’ll receive when you contact a UL certified monitoring station will be informed and professional.
UL certified central stations and systems don’t have to pass inspection just once. These monitoring centers and alarm companies undergo unannounced yearly inspections to maintain certification, so you can have confidence in their ability to keep your business secure.
UL Certified Systems from American Alarm
American Alarm offers a variety of UL certified solutions and systems for your business. We’re committed to meeting the rigorous standards that you should expect from an alarm company trusted to keep your property, employees, and assets safe.
UL Certified Systems
Jewelry stores can trust our certified UL security systems to protect their business from theft. Our company has met the highest standards from Underwriters Laboratories to ensure that when you get a security system from American Alarm for your business, you’ll receive the gold standard of protection.
UL Certified Security Sensors
UL certified security solutions like attack proof security control panels, safe contacts, electronic vibration detectors, and IP/cellular back-up communicators are part of American Alarm’s comprehensive approach to keeping even your most expensive and sensitive assets safe. From standard door and window sensors, motion detectors, glass break sensors, panic buttons and more, American Alarm’s UL certified sensors can provide any business with unique security solutions designed to meet the needs of your business.
UL Certified Monitoring Station
We’re one of the largest full-service security providers in California with a UL central monitoring station staffed by trained professionals who work to respond to incidents and dispatch authorities promptly. Our station can view cameras located at your business to verify alarms and view live video 24/7. Employees at American Alarm have an average of 18 years on the job and each one passes a vigorous background check to become licensed by the state of California.
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