3 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe during a Power Outage

Preparing for unexpected power outages is important. Keeping candles and flashlights is important for home security, as the darkness provides cover for burglars and other unexpected risks. Here are 3 tips to keep your home safe during a power outage.

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Plan for the Outage

When it comes to outages, planning is absolutely crucial. You need to know how you’ll respond both with security as well as with base-level needs. Test your batteries, ready the flashlights, and corral your spare blankets so you stay warm. Once you’ve provided for those needs, you need to start thinking about the fact that, in an outage, you’re more likely to attract burglars. That means contacting your security provider to figure out what measures they have in place to meet your security needs in the event of an outage. Source: ProtectYourHome

Contact Your Security Provider

To make sure you remain on top of the situation in case of a power failure, it would be wise to remain informed regarding the security equipment you have at home. For this purpose, ask your provider all the questions you have regarding the working of your home security system in case of a power failure. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask:
Is my alarm system’s operation dependent on landline or wireless networks?
This is a relevant question because if your alarm system operates on traditional phone line, it would continue to operate in the event of a power outage. The phone lines typically remain intact and operational during a power shut down and the main security panel in your home would continue to work on backup power for a certain amount of time.
How is a cellular radio relevant in case of a power failure?
A cellular radio is wireless, which operates on a backup battery for several hours. It is pretty much like a cell phone, which remains unaffected when the power goes out.
Can an internet connection be of any help in the event of a power outage?
With electricity breakdown, the internet services could be terminated as well. A security system that is entirely dependent on the internet is therefore most vulnerable. Without an internet connection to the monitoring center, these types of systems stop working until the power is restored. Source: Excite

Install the Sign

It’s simple yet powerful, and it doesn’t require electricity. Studies show the presence of a monitored alarm system is enough to deter most burglars. Yard signs put crooks on notice. Even during a power outage, burglars will often assume your system has a backup, and they’ll move on to an easier target.
If you don’t already have a sign to put on your front door or in your yard, contact your security company. They’ll be happy to provide you with one. Source: CPSS

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