Your Alarm System and Winter Power Outages -


When looking to find peace of mind when it comes to your Business and/or Family, a monitored alarm system can help make the difference to make your building feel secure. However, many people wonder what will happen to their security system when there is a power outage. Power outages can be scary, we have plenty of them here in the Pacific NW. Knowing what your monitored alarm system will do can put your mind at ease. The type of fire and/or security system you have installed determines what happens when there is a power outage in your home or business. There are a lot of alarm systems out there, so if you often fall victim to power outages, you’ll want to make sure you have one that will keep you protected during those times. In this post we will address how your monitored alarm system from Olympic Security & Communications will react in the event of a power outage, and what you can do to remain safe!

Back-up Batteries

In the event of a power outage, your Olympic Security & Communications monitored alarm system will sustain itself with a back-up battery for up to 24 hours after the AC power fails. The battery is usually drained if the security panel is not receiving electricity. After AC power is restored, the battery will recharge itself. The panel will report low battery during the recharging process. If the system’s low battery report does not clear after 24 hours have passed with AC power restored, contact Olympic Security & Communications Systems. The back-up batteries do have a life span, and do need replacing after several years.

One safety precaution you can take is having an additional 24-hour battery on hand to power your alarm system, just in case the back-up battery already on there is drained. Depending on how long power outages usually last in your area, this may be a valuable option to consider.

Types of Systems

If your system operates over landline monitoring, it will continue to communicate with the 24hr monitoring center in the event of a power outage. Cellular monitoring is generally a safe bet as well in the event of a power failure. Like a cellular phone, communication is unaffected by localized power outages as long as your back-up battery is functioning. Broadband monitoring is the most vulnerable in power outages because a loss of power usually results in an Internet outage as well. Without an Internet connection to a monitoring center, these types of systems stop communication until the power is restored. If you have broadband monitoring, consider the following tips to help you stay safe in the event of power failure.

Preparing for a Power Outage

Power outages are a major inconvenience. However they do happen from time to time. Under normal circumstances, many criminals avoid buildings with a security system. When the power goes out, some burglars may see it as an opportunity to scout for easier access. Here’s what you can do to deter criminals from targeting you.


Secure your building

First, prepare some simple supplies to keep you out of the dark if a power outage were to occur. For example, consider keeping flashlights with extra batteries in a designated area. Flashlights will help you move around safely. Some folks choose to use lanterns used for camping in order to provide light. Try to avoid using flame candles. Just remember that these can be a fire hazard. Simply keeping some type of light visible in a power outage can deter criminals immensely. If a burglar can see that your building is occupied, they will be far less likely to target you.

Some people decide to have a generator hardwired to the electrical panel. If you choose to opt for a generator, or already have one, be that sure the alarm system is on one of the circuits that the generator powers.

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