Make sure all batteries are charged and working. An alarms’ backup battery will power the system for eight hours on average. However, this is dependent on several factors such as how many devices are linked to the panel, the age of the battery and how many power failures or power spikes are experienced in the area. Power outages can dramatically reduce the lifespan of the alarm battery.
Ensure that your electric fence continues to function during power outages. Your electric fence battery should have a backup battery.
If you are using a generator, never operate it anywhere inside your home, including the garage or any confined area, as it produces carbon monoxide which can be fatal.
Ensure that you are especially alert when arriving or leaving your home in the evenings, as the street lights and your outside lighting may not be functioning during power outages. Keep a torch in your car.
- Ensure that all automated gates and doors are secured and that all other gates and doors are locked.
- With candles, gas and other lighting devices being used more often, these can result in an increased fire hazard. Therefore, home fire extinguishers should be on hand.
- Install battery operated lights in strategic places in your home.
- Keep the keys to motorised gates in an accessible location and have good quality padlocks available to use as a backup.
- Programme your security provider number in your cell phone in case of emergency.
- Keep your cell phone fully charged.