Kid heading outsideAs a parent I’m always trying to be aware of what my kids are doing, making sure they are safe and giving them the knowledge they need to make good decisions.  Having a security system has been a tremendous tool in helping me accomplish this.

Having a photo of who disarms my IQ Panel is fantastic, and getting a text message if they don’t arrive home by the expected time is wonderful, but the feature I use the most is one of the most simple ones: Chime.

Chime is the beeping sound my panel makes when a door or window is opened.  I have door sensorsinstalled over my house, and they provide all kids of great information.  I also have the panel tell me which door was opened.  If I hear bells with the words “Medicine cabinet open” I know to go check to see if my 3 year old is getting into the band-aids again (what is it with kids and band-aids?) or if my 9-year old is helping himself to the cough syrup (it hasn’t happened yet but my parental paranoia tells me to be on guard always!)

Our 1 year old has just gotten tall enough to pull down on our lever-style doorknobs to access the rooms in the house she previously could only bang the door on, so when I heard “front door open” the other day I was able to rush to her rescue before she ran out into the road and got flattened in like a pudgy pancake.

I’ve also started customizing my chimes to allow different sensors to make different sounds.  My front door makes a different sound than the back door, and our safety sensors (our safe, our medicine cabinet, etc) make a different sound too.  With 10 different sounds to choose from its easy to identify what’s being opened or closed from a distance, especially useful if I don’t hear the panel’s voice.

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