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Power outages can occur at any time. Though many are weather related, there does not have to be a storm to lose power. Automobile accidents knock down telephone poles carrying power cables, and equipment such as transformers do fail. Homes today rely on electricity for light, powering appliances, heating, cooling and refrigeration. A sustained loss of electrical power costs money and can be a security risk.

Basics of Home Power Outage Safety

Keep plenty of battery-powered lights and spare batteries on hand. Avoid lights that burn fuel such as gas lanterns, oil lamps and candles. Though batteries may cost a little more, the safety factor of not having fuel burning lights is immense. Families are not used to all of the extra safety rules surrounding the use of fuel burning lights as our ancestors were.

If fuel burning space heaters, such as kerosene heaters, are used during cold weather power outages, be sure to strictly follow all manufacturer recommendations. This is especially true for filling fuel tanks on space heaters, where they are placed, and only using them while awake.

Keep a solar cell phone battery charger, or be sure to have a car charger to keep cellular phones charged during the outage. Homes with wells should keep enough bottled water that is sufficient to get through a power outage since the well pump will also be out.

Home Security Systems During Power Outages

The best protection for homes is to have home security cameras and systems installed that are monitored by a central monitoring agency. The keys to maintaining that protection during power outages is to have home systems installed that have battery backups. Also, to ensure monitoring remains uninterrupted due to downed power wires that often include telephone communication cables, systems that use cellular networks to stay in contact with the monitoring agency are best.

Systems such as the Vivint home automation and security system can provide emergency as well as non-emergency alerts even when the power is out and the telephone lines are down by using battery backup and the cellular networks. Freeze sensors can report temperature drops before plumbing is damaged, and the battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors maintain their vigilance while the power is out.

Vivint also provides solar power systems that permit homes to operate entirely on power generated from rooftop-installed solar panels. This negates any concerns of home security and safety during electrical grid power outages since the home is capable of generating its own power through capturing solar energy.

Home safety and security during short-term and protracted power outages begins with a plan put in place before the power goes out. Families should consider beforehand what to do in stages depending on whether the power is going to be out for a few hours or much longer. Mixing modern technology with good old common sense and prior planning will keep homes safe and secure during power outages.

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