Home security systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common—they all need power to operate. This means that during a Florida power outage your family is vulnerable to several risks. We took a look at the types of security systems that use electricity, and what you can do to ensure that you have sufficient emergency power to keep them functioning during downtime.
Home Alarm System
Most home alarm systems are designed to deliver an audible alert whenever they are triggered by any of the events programmed. These include:
- Opening a door or window across an activated beam
- Breaking a circuit by actions such as cutting through the wiring
- Detecting the presence of smoke and/or fire
- Detection of carbon monoxide gas
- Activation of the emergency panic button if you have this option installed
If you have an independently-monitored home alarm system, the monitoring company gets the signal at its head office when the alarm is triggered. Typically, a siren will also sound at your home. While the signal operates on a system with a battery backup, the siren needs power to function properly.
Closed Circuit Cameras
Security cameras are popular in upmarket South Florida homes, but all the security in the world isn’t any use unless it’s operational. During a Florida power outage, closed circuit filming can still work for as long as the system’s own backup battery lasts. By connecting the system to your backup generator, however, you can run the system using power generated by natural gas and avoid draining the battery.
Closed circuit cameras work in conjunction with your security lighting and home alarm system, alerting you to any intruders and providing the means for the authorities to identify any unwanted visitors.
Lights are one of the greatest assets to homeowners trying to protect their property from intruders. Most security lights use motion sensor technology, which automatically turns on the lights when it detects activity. Whether you install perimeter lighting or strategically-placed lighting that helps to beautify the home and allow guests to safely navigate your stairs and walkways, the system needs to be connected to an emergency power source in case of a Florida power outage.
In addition, adequate lighting is vital if you install security cameras as part of your home security system. Often, the two components are fitted by separate service providers, which makes it difficult for police to identify intruders caught on camera if the area filmed is too dark. Lighting needs to be expertly installed to avoid the glare created by unshielded lights.
Smoke detection is a vital aspect of your home security system. Most house fires are caused by problems such as electrical faults, gas leaks etc. The smoke detector provides you with a warning system before any potential fire progresses to the point that lives are at risk, by sounding when it catches a blast of smoke.
Some smoke detectors are operated purely by battery, while others are connected to the home’s energy supply so they can activate the alarm when necessary. Detectors operate on the principle of detecting smoke using a fine beam of light, which is not able to operate round the clock without power. Installation of a backup generator keeps smoke detectors operational right through a power outage.
Many of the various aspects of your home security system are connected via a wireless modem, which also requires power to operate. The most sophisticated relays may have independent battery backups, but these are usually rechargeable batteries that need a power source to keep them working during a Florida power outage.
Install an adequately-sized backup generator to provide your South Florida home with emergency power during a crisis, and you’ll have the reassurance of knowing your family is safe and protected with security systems that work – no matter what.