Security during a power cut

Posted January 5th, 2022 by SimpliSafe

If you ever find your home in the dark, which safety precautions should you take? Here's everything you need to know about home security during a power cut.

Why do power cuts happen?

The National Grid warns that the risk of power cuts to homes this winter has increased as a result of the energy crisis, reaffirming the idea that people should prepare themselves in the event that this does happen. Power cuts can happen for a whole host of reasons, whether it’s extreme weather conditions, during maintenance, something going wrong at the power station, or simply a high power demand. Luckily, there are various steps you can take to ensure that your home is kept as safe and secure as possible when your power goes out. 

Home security system during a power cut

Your SimpliSafe home security system comes equipped with a backup rechargeable battery supply to ensure that the Base Station has power for up to 24 hours, so your home is still protected. The system operates on a cellular network and will automatically switch to battery power, meaning that it’s still able to operate and keep your home secure, even in the event your WiFi goes down. 

On the other hand, for other smart devices such as the smart home security camera, a WiFi connection will be needed. So be sure to contact your energy supplier as soon as possible to ensure that technology downtime is limited. 

Switch off all electrical appliances 

During a power cut, check round your house to make sure that all electrical appliances that shouldn’t be left unattended are turned off, such as your cooker, grill, and heated hair appliances. This will prevent any damage by an electrical surge, and is another reminder to make sure that you turn off all of your electronics before heading out, in case a power cut occurs when you’re away from home. The one thing you could leave on, however, is a singular light that will allow you to see when your power comes back. 

Limit device use

Limiting your electrical device usage during a power cut is also another factor to consider, as saving your battery life will allow you to receive updates, contact neighbours or your energy supplier to check for updates. Boredom could cause you to check more frequently, so make sure you don’t fall victim to this and only use devices for emergencies, finding alternative ways to stay occupied.

Check on your neighbours

Be a good neighbour by checking in on those nearby to find out whether they too are experiencing a power cut and if they need any assistance. It’s also a good indication to see if your problem can be fixed. If they don’t have power, there’s unfortunately not much you can do other than contact your energy supplier. However, if they do have power, there may be an issue with your own supply; be sure to check your fuse box.

Plan in advance

Even if you don’t deem a power cut to be likely, the possibility is always there. By planning in advance and ensuring that you have alternative power sources, such as a portable charger or power bank, you won’t have to limit your electrical device usage as much. Plus, if an emergency does occur during a power cut, you can feel rest assured that you’ll be able to get in contact with someone. 

For more advice on optimising your home security, have a chat with our team of professionals today. Create a system that’s tailored to your needs, and ensure that both you and your family are protected at all times. 

Make sure you have basic supplies

In case of emergency, remember to stock up on basic supplies that will keep you safe during a power cut. Always have some candles and matches on hand, making sure that any electrical torches are fully charged; stock up on some spare batteries too in case you need them. You’ll want to make sure that you and your family are able to navigate your way through the house without fear of tripping hazards.