Should the AED cabinet alarm switch be left in the on or off position?

The AED cabinet alarm switch should only be left in the off position while the AED is being serviced (replacing pads, battery, etc.) or if it is being inspected (checking supplies, status indicator, etc.). When turning the alarm switch off for service or inspection, remember to turn it back on once the service or inspection has finished and the cabinet door has been closed.

The cabinet alarm is intended to sound when the cabinet door is opened. This indicates there is an emergency and someone is removing the AED to respond. The alarm could also indicate the AED may have been accessed by someone not responding to an emergency.

If the alarm switch is in the “on” position, it is armed and will sound if the cabinet door is opened. If the alarm switch is in the off position, the alarm will not sound when the door is opened. The alarm switch should only be left in the off position while the AED is being serviced (replacing pads, battery, etc.) or if it is being inspected (checking supplies, status indicator, etc.).

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