Power Failure Alarm

Remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003, it affected an estimated 55 million people and caused 10 fatalities in the United States and Canada. Although a software bug was held responsible, the blackout caused financial losses to the tune of 7 to 10 billion.

The cause behind power failures can vary, they can result from human error, overloads, mechanical failures, unfavorable weather, man-made and natural disasters. If you are not at home during an outage, it could prove to be catastrophic as it will disrupt essential services such as heating or security systems. Under extreme weather conditions, pipes can freeze and burst in less than 24 hours, the food in your fridge will start to spoil in 4 hours and sump pumps cannot function without electricity. Imagine the damage from the freeze, high water and spoilt food would cost you? The question that you need to ask yourself is: Do I have an alert system that could inform me of a power outage?

How Do Power Failure Alarm Work?

The power failure alarm is designed to alert you by triggering a buzzer or alarm in the event of a mains supply cut off, and by activating an LED light. The alarm is designed to monitor the 120V AC power supply at all times so that you could be notified if there is even a slight interruption. Power failure alarms can also be linked with a service provider whereby you can receive power failure notifications via text messages on your cell phone when you’re away.


Although power failure alarms can be placed on literally any source of power supply but here is a list of some common equipment that could use a power alarm:

  • Cooling tower controllers

  • Freezers

  • Air conditioners

  • Security systems

  • Chillers

  • Boiler controllers

  • Monitor battery backup equipment

  • Portable generator theft alarm

5 Reasons to Have a Power Failure Alarm

Protecting one’s home from all kinds of damage is at the top of everyone’s priority list. There are major costs associated with power failures, many of which can be prevented if you have an effective power failure alarm. Here are five of the most important ones:

  1. Sump Pumps

    No one would like to come home to a flooded basement. When the power is out your sump pump stops working and flooding becomes all the more probable. Even an inch of water could cost you thousands of dollars. Having a power failure alarm can notify you within time whether it is through a text message notification by your service provider or an alarm. You can then make alternative arrangements in order to prevent further damage.

  2. Refrigerators

    Coming home or waking up to a fridge full of spoilt food is definitely not a pleasant sight, to say the least. This becomes a huge possibility if you’re not informed of a power failure in time.

  3. Servers & Computers

    Whether it’s your office or your work station at home, if you have a computer or server system that is mission critical, a power failure can cause damage that might be irreparable. As most of such systems have a backup, this will be more applicable in the scenario when a power failure goes undetected. You can link a power failure alarm to your battery backup system in order to avoid this damage.

  4. Heat Pumps, Gas and Electric Furnaces

    The motors powering fans in your heating pumps and furnaces, run on electricity. When the power is out, these fans will stop working and so will the heating system in your house, resulting in the temperature to drop. The damage that can be caused by this depends upon the efficiency and size of your system, but it can be avoided if you have a power failure alert system that notifies you in time.

  5. Aquariums

    Although this is not the most common feature across households, but a power outage can have catastrophic effects on aquariums ranging from the loss of a few fish to the loss of an entire ecosystem. This is because air pumps, automatic feeders, temperature controls, power-heads and protein skimmers typically run on electricity. Connecting a power failure alarm could help you protect your aquarium.

It’s not only the lights that go out during a power failure. From computer systems to your pets, everything could be affected. In order to avoid such tragedies, a backup assurance is necessary in the form of power failure alarms.



Q:Will my alarm system function in the event of a power outage?

A:An alarm system will usually be fitted with a backup battery. This battery provides power to the system in the event of a power outage. Many companies are offering systems with backup batteries that can last up to 24 hours without the need of commercial electricity. However, it is important that you know the lifetime of a battery will vary and depend upon your home security company.

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