How high winds and summer heat waves can affect your security system


The change of seasons is causing climate change in all regions of the country.

Depending on where you are, this can involve episodes of strong winds or even prolonged periods of high temperatures.

“At the end of the day, it’s about testing your system today so that you can have peace of mind that it’s working properly when you need it tomorrow. A proper return system is also very useful now before the December holidays arrive; we often get panicked phone calls from customers who only realize their system is broken when they are about to walk out the front door and go on vacation, ”said Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Sales. communications at Fidelity ADT.

A good start is to take a look at your garden and the surroundings of your property. Identify trees that might be overgrown and need pruning, or plants that have grown to block your outdoor motion sensors.

“Watch out for anything that could damage your security system when a sudden gust of wind knocks down a tree and knocks over your electric fence. It is also a good idea to check the voltage of the electric fence as it can shrink or expand depending on the colder or warmer weather and cause false alarms, ”Hattingh said.

Another tip, she adds, is to contact your security provider immediately if you’ve suffered damage from a storm.

“Technicians can perform a quick and easy test to see if your security system has been damaged due to the stormy weather and recommend the necessary fixes. “

Any conversation about security systems and maintenance should also include the topic of load shedding. Hattingh urges homeowners to test backup batteries, as they play a vital role in keeping the system functioning and ensuring that you are properly protected in the event of a power failure.

“Batteries also have a limited lifespan which is affected by constant power surges and interruptions. “

Hattingh suggests giving your security systems a good overhaul as soon as possible. Contact your security provider and test the alarm and panic buttons, and book a technical service call if necessary.

“This test is of the utmost importance. If the system is not functioning properly, the signal may not reach your security company and they will not know that there is an emergency at your property and will not respond. You should also know that your system will still work in bad weather, ”she said.

Your best bet is to start at the perimeter of your property and work your way through. Think like a criminal and assess if your fence or wall, garden, windows, doors, shed or garage have weaknesses that a criminal can exploit or which can be exacerbated by heavy rains or winds.

“Safety has to change with the seasons. By following these tips, we hope you have peace of mind and that your security system is as prepared as you are for the summer.

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