They may not be our favourite topics, but they do need to be discussed: security and power outages.
Here are some top tips to keep you safe and sound when the power goes down:If you have an alarm system (and you should!) check regularly that the battery is in good working order. Depending on the system, the battery should be able to keep the system running for 6 to 12 hours. You may even want to have a spare battery if you often experience longer black-outs.Test your alarm regularly. When the electricity supply is restored, there can be power surges that could damage the system as well as other appliances.
Check that you security company is prepared for power outages. South African Intruder Detection Services Association (SAIDSA) has a strict set of regulations that relate to power outages with which member companies must comply.Always have both a telephone and radio communication set up for your alarm so that signals are always sent to the control room. Some telephone systems do not work when there is no power e.g. portable phones.Keep all doors and windows locked in case your alarm system does fail.Have solar lights or other off-grid lighting both inside and outside. Ensure these are all charged and in working order. Thieves hate light!Ensure you know where the keys are for any electronic doors or gates. Even if they are linked to a back-up battery, this can still fail and you need to be able to get in and out.Test your driveway gate battery – especially if you have not replaced it recently. You don’t want to end up locked out or with a gate left open during power outages.Keep your cell phone battery sufficiently charged. Consider having a landline so that you can contact your security company and vice versa if needs be. Learn security numbers by heart or have them written down somewhere in case your cell phone is not working.
Follow these tips and ensure you are secure in your home – especially during vulnerable times such as power outages.