Local alarm services are useful to anyone who is looking to protect themselves, their family, and their valuables. Whether it may be a house alarm system, a car alarm, or just simply any type of alarm needed to protect something valuable of yours. Security services of all types are available to suit your needs. However, security services such as alarms do not necessarily have to be for burglars, etc. An alarm system can be meant for a fire, such as a fire alarm or smoke alarm. Every home should have a fire alarm or smoke alarm equipped in it in case of a fire of any kind happens to break out in the house. Accidents happen, and they are always unexpected. Schools are always equipped with fire alarms on the corners of the hallways incase there is a fire, someone will pull the fire alarm and it will sound, alerting the whole area that there is a fire somewhere in the building and to evacuate. Schools will have fire drills incase a fire actually does break out, the students and teachers will take a specific route to get out of the building as quickly and orderly as possible. Security services were meant to help us during times of distress and emergency, and that is the purpose they have been serving us since they were invented. A house alarm system is installed in your home with a small box that is usually located close to the front entrance door of the house. This box is programmed with a code that you choose in order to set your alarm before leaving your home. How it works is, you punch in your code, set the alarm, at this time it usually gives you a countdown of 10, 15, or 20 seconds to get out of the house and lock your front door before the alarm system will activate. Once you have closed and locked your door and the countdown has finished, the alarm will activate and stay activated until you deactivate it. When you arrive home, you will unlock your door and the alarm will usually sound a lower, higher pitched sound that will last about 10 seconds, giving you time to disarm the system, if you do not do this within the 10 seconds the alarm will then continue the alert with a very loud alarm sound that you can hear for miles. If this is allowed to sound the police will usually come out to investigate. Local alarm services do not all work exactly the same, there are many different companies to choose from, and two popular companies that are known are brinks home security and ADT alarm systems.