Many people do not realize that hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October. In addition, hurricanes do not only affect people living along the coast. They can cause damage hundreds of miles from the shore.
Hurricane planning is essential to have in place so that you can prepare your home for severe weather and possible evacuation during this season.
Hurricane Planning – Prepare Your Home
- Make sure your yard is clear when you begin your preparations for your home. Before the storm hits, make sure there is nothing that could blow around and cause damage to your home. Building materials, bicycles, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and lawn furniture should all be moved inside or under shelter.
- Protect windows and doors by covering them. To protect your windows, use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside frame. As a result, you can avoid being injured by shattered glass.
- Drinking water should be filled into clean water containers. You may lose your water supply during a storm, so you’ll want your hurricane planning to include this. You can also fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
- Hurricanes increase the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide leaks. Fires in the home can result from electrical faults and carbon monoxide leaks from generators. Check your security system’s carbon monoxide and fire detectors before a storm arrives.
Your Home Security System and Storm Warnings
When the National Weather Service broadcasts severe storm warnings, most home security systems alert customers in affected areas. Hurricanes and tropical storms are more likely to produce tornado warnings. It is crucial to receive advance storm warnings about potentially damaging and life-threatening weather conditions. Weather warnings help people prepare for and react to dangerous weather conditions, and they are less likely to suffer injuries as a result.
It is vital to have home security systems that include flood detection using flood sensors if you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area. By adding these sensors to your existing security system, you can receive alerts directly on your smartphone. Early flood detection can help to prevent serious damage.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection
As we mentioned earlier, with hurricanes and powerful storms comes the increased chance of a home fire or carbon monoxide leaks. Wireless home security systems that feature carbon monoxide and fire dection enable the monitoring of gas, and of fires well before dangerous levels are reached. You be alerted, and communication will be sent to notify the proper authorities to send help.
Loss of Power Protection
Power outages are not a problem with most home security systems control panels because they have a battery backup. Depending on the battery size, the battery’s life span will vary. Battery backups generally last 12 to 24 hours, and the battery’s service life is between 3 and 5 years. It is crucial to make sure your backup battery is well maintained and checked regularly to avoid disruption of your system due to loss of power.
Also, please note that home security system false alarms can be caused by strong winds, and rain may impact sensors. Your security system should be adjusted if necessary while monitoring a storm. When there is a big storm in the area, you can prevent false alarms by turning off window sensors. Talk to your security company about other tips to steer clear of false alarms when navigating a storm since many systems are customized for each home.
Secure Your Best Options
During hurricane season, Johns Brothers Security is especially sensitive to the requirements and concerns of its customers located in coastal regions. With Smart Technology, we can provide peace of mind to you and your family and help you secure your best options by customizing a security system to your specific needs. Contact a representative today to schedule a free home security audit before the next storm hits. Call 1-800-242-9760 today!