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How Your Alarm System Works During a Power Outage

December 4, 2018

Little Rock has a very reliable electrical grid, but things can happen at any time that knocks out power to your home. Perhaps nearby construction hit a line, or a storm put out power for the whole block.

Is your home alarm secure during a power outage? Fortunately, it is! Modern home security works with a combination of direct power and a battery backup.

Here’s what you need to know about your alarm system during a power outage.

Your Backup Battery Activates Automatically

When the power goes out, your alarm system will move to battery power automatically. This gives you uninterrupted protection no matter what the weather or external situation is.

As a result, even if there’s no power, your alarm is still running. If someone breaks into your home, we’ll be notified and can alert you and the police. By the same token, if you come home during a power outage, you still have to enter your code to disarm your security as normal!

You May Get a Low Battery Alert

If the power is out for an extended period of time, you may get an alert on your alarm system panel. This is simply because the battery is being used but isn’t able to recharge until the power company restores electricity.

Once the power is restored, the battery alert should disappear within 24 hours. If it doesn’t, feel free to give us a call!

What to Do When Power Returns

When the power comes back on, your alarm system should continue to work normally. If you have concerns, make sure that the system is plugged into a working outlet. Also, check the breaker connected to the outlet and make sure it hasn’t tripped.

As long as the power comes back and the alarm is plugged into a working outlet, everything should be functioning correctly. If it’s not, call us and we can troubleshoot the problem.

Other Ways to Stay Safe During a Power Outage

If there’s a widespread power outage in your area, especially if it’s due to weather, it’s safest to stay inside your home. Keep your fridge and freezers shut as much as possible.

Be careful not to use an unsafe heating source in your home. Not only can it cause a fire, but the emissions will raise the carbon monoxide level in your home, which can be fatal.

Be prepared with flashlights, canned food, and other emergency supplies. Keep the family together, including pets. If someone tries to enter your home that you don’t know, call the police immediately.

Get the Alarm System You Need Today

Home security is not something to take lightly. Fortunately, today’s alarm systems are equipped to handle a variety of situations, including power outages. You can stay safe and secure no matter what the situation is outside your home!

If you don’t feel that your home security is ready for any emergency, we’re here to help. We can help you install a security system, sign up for monitoring, and much more. Contact us for more information today!