If homeowners adhere to a few basic rules, security fears during load shedding periods need not become a reality.
Under normal circumstances, the backup battery will power the system for eight hours, however, this is dependent on a number of 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 (these tend to deteriorate the life span of the battery).
Tips for the load shedding periods…
- Buy an additional battery that can be attached to your alarm – this will ensure additional battery backup time.
- Install battery operated lights at strategic points in your home – these are connected to the main electricity supply and automatically switch on during a power failure. These lights are particularly handy in the evenings and are safer than candles.
- Keep a torch in your car should you arrive home in the dark and need to open your perimeter security gate manually. However, it is advisable to have a backup battery attached to your perimeter gate in the event of a lengthy power failure.
- If you have a pedestrian gate, make sure you have the gate key in your car. Ensure a spare key is kept in all your motor vehicles.
- Be vigilant at all times, especially at night and whenever there is a power outage in your area.
- Ensure that you have your security provider’s numbers programmed into your cell phone.
- Call your Monitoring Centre immediately if you have accidentally set off your alarm system. False alarms cost people their lives.