Stay safe when the lights go off

2015-07-07 06:02

With darkness falling so early in winter, residents are urged to be aware and prepared for loadshedding in the future.

Many people are under the incorrect assumption that their home alarm is off when the power supply is interrupted. But if you have a stable and correctly programmed system, coupled with a battery in good condition, it will continue to protect the premises during a power outage.

Adrian Good, a general manager at ADT Security, says it is essential that residents regularly test their alarm systems to ensure that it is in working order.

“Most modern alarm systems have a back-up battery that activates when there is a power failure. The only time it may not function correctly is if there is a technical issue, or the battery power is low,” he says.

Good adds that there are a number of practical steps to take to ensure security is not compromised during loadshedding. Some of these include ensuring that the alarm system has an adequate battery supply, that all automated gates and doors are secured and lastly to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to your security provider or the police.

With the added inconvenience of the lights going out at night due to power cuts, candles and touch lights are handy alternatives. Good says home and business owners should consider installing LED lights that are integrated into the alarm system’s wiring. They automatically switch on for a maximum of 15 minutes when there is power outage.

“If there is an additional battery pack, the small, non-intrusive LED lights can stay on for the duration of the power outage or a maximum of 40 hours without draining the primary alarm battery,” says Good.

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