Your Home Security System After A Power Outage

September 8, 2010 in Home Security System

When you’ve spent time and money installing a home security system that covers all vulnerable areas of your home and deters criminals, you expect your loved ones, your possessions and your home to be protected at all times. However, your home security system can be paralyzed due any number of causes. A fuse can blow in your home’s electric system, leaving you temporarily without power. Even if you are extremely careful not to overload your home’s power system, natural phenomena such as storms and earthquakes can cause power outages. It’s a well-known fact that burglars see opportunities after natural disasters like this, and target homes they otherwise would be more cautious to approach. No matter how good your home security system is, it’s imperative for full protection of your possessions, your loved ones and yourself, that your home security system has a back-up power supply to draw on in the event of a power outage.

Because most home security systems nowadays are connected to your home’s main power source, they will cut out just as quickly as your television and computer if the power’s cut off for any amount of time. A power surge adaptor will protect them for a short while, but unless the power source is reconnected or replaced, they’ll quickly shut down. Before installing your security equipment, make sure it is designed to allow for an alternative power source. Many DIY home security gadgets can be powered by batteries, but will need to be reset before they make the switch. For those with professionally installed and monitored home security systems, it’s to be advised to ask the security company installing the equipment what the alternative power source should be. Many will recommend a generator, and will set up the system to switch to this power source if necessary. Also make sure to enquire how to reset your system. Be wary of companies that tell you to call them to perform the reset, and find out if this service is included in your contract or will be charged at an additional fee. Whether you have a DIY or a professionally installed system, always make sure to keep the equipment manuals in a convenient place, so you can refer to them in order to correctly perform a reset. If necessary, practice it once or twice just to be sure you understand how the operation works. It’s a good idea to make sure every occupant of the home knows how to reset the system, to ensure the minimum amount of time your home is left unprotected.

Photo via Horia Varlan

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