What Are The Steps To Secure Your Home In A Power Outage?
Although we generally associate them with heavy thunderstorms, power outages can occur at any time and in any place. Whether you live in an area that experiences many power outages per year or none at all, it’s important to know what to do when they happen.
Here’s how to secure your home in the event of a power outage:
Stick to the plan
You should have a plan in place that applies to power outages. If you have small children, go over the plan with them in detail every few months so that they know what to do when the power goes off. The plan should include a meeting place where the family should rendezvous before heading outside. You should also keep emergency numbers on the fridge or in another location that your kids will be able to easily locate just in case the power goes out when you’re not home and they’re with the sitter.
Check to see if the power outage is affecting your whole block or just your home. If it’s the whole neighbourhood, it’s safe to say that the outage is weather-related and not the due to a blown fuse. If the outage is limited to your own home, check your fuse box, but call your electric company before attempting to reset any breakers.
Turn everything off
Go into each room of the house and unplug everything from the TV to the appliances. You should also turn the thermostat down to prevent damage from a power surge when the electricity is restored. Turn off all the lights in your home too, with the exception of a porch or exterior light, so that when the power does go back on the hydro crews working outside will know that your home is back in working order.
Watch the candles
If you need to use candles during a power outage, make sure they are out of reach of young children. Also, keep them high up so that pets don’t get to them. Furthermore, extinguish candles when you leave a room. The last thing you need during a power outage is a fire.
Most security systems will remain active for at least 4 hours during a power outage. Your alarm company will notify you if the power goes out when you’re not home or during the night while you’re sleeping. To learn more about your home’s security, call us today.