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How to avoid safety and security risks during load-shedding

How to avoid safety and security risks during load-shedding

We know load-shedding has been a sad reality for a long time, however, it's important to remain vigilant when it comes to safety and security.

A warning has been issued for homeowners and business owners to test the battery systems for the alarm and security systems they use.

“We recommend that people test these systems on a regular basis, but this has become more important now than ever before. The battery backup is a crucial element that needs to be tested, to give you the ease of mind that it will still offer monitoring and protection when the power goes out,” says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication at Fidelity ADT.

“If you have a stable and correctly programmed security system coupled with a battery that is in a good condition, it will continue to protect your home or your place of work during any power outage.”

There are a number of practical steps that can be taken to ensure security is not compromised during any power cuts:

  • Always remain vigilant, and report suspicious activity in your suburb to the SAPS.
  • Ensure that all automated gates and doors are secured.
  • With the added inconvenience of the lights going out at night due to power cuts, candles and touch-lights are handy alternatives.
  • Test the battery backup system and consider an additional battery pack for standby. Tests of alarm systems should ideally be conducted every six months.
  • Power cuts can impact on fire systems and fire control systems, so these also need to be checked regularly.
  • The more frequent use of gas and candles can increase the risk of fire and home fire extinguishers should be on hand.

“The best approach is to test your alarm system for your home and your business today, and to make any fixes that are required as soon as you can,” says Hattingh.

This article is sourced by Property24


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