Fire marshal warns of door-to-door unauthorized sales

Fire marshal warns of door-to-door unauthorized sales

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Fire Marshal warned residents to be aware of unauthorized alarm salespersons that may be operating in the state.

State Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney wants Mississippians to know that the sale, installation, service and companies dealing with residential alarm systems are regulated by the state's fire marshal office, according to an issued news release.

"This is the time of year we see an increase in reports of unauthorized individuals selling alarm systems in the area," Chaney said. "If someone comes to your door trying to sell an alarm system, they must have a license and photo ID issued by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Ask them to show you these credentials."

Regulation by the state requires that alarm system salespersons go through a process of background checks and proper training, due to the Mississippi Electronic Protection Licensing Act passed in 2006 by the state legislature.

Residents should be especially cautious of salesmen that offer a free system, claim that the current system they own is out of date, or claim to be with a current provider.

Chaney said salespeople that are not able to produce credentials should be reported to the state fire marshal at 601-359-1061.