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Extreme Cold & Your Security System

Published on November 20th, 2020

With colder weather fast approaching, those who own homes and businesses in the Midwest are likely already planning to make seasonal adjustments to various systems on their property. While winter HVAC maintenance, accessibility concerns, and plumbing issues may immediately come to mind, many people may be unaware of the way extreme weather can affect their security measures. 

Depending on your system, you may need to make some adjustments to help keep it performing its best through the cold months. Here are some tips on maintaining a fully functioning system, no matter the forecast.

Prepare for Power Outages

Power outages are often connected to extreme weather events such as thunderstorms and high winds. During a power outage, any security system which relies on that energy source will be affected. For bad actors, this may provide an ideal opportunity for tampering or theft. SMG Security can provide security systems for companies in Schiller Park that have built-in fail-safes for these exact conditions. For power-dependent systems, you may want to install and maintain a backup generator on-site.

Maintain Access Control Hardware

If your business has external access control systems in place, it’s important to make sure that steps are taken to protect them from the elements. Most external hardware is graded to withstand inclement weather conditions, but excessive ice or snow may still damage these systems and affect their performance. Those who are responsible for clearing snow and frost away from the door and paths should take care to clear off external access hardware.

Clear External CCTV Cameras

If external security cameras are part of your CCTV network, it’s important to make sure that they do not become disrupted or blocked by accumulated snow and ice throughout the season. Those who live in the Midwest should strongly consider investing in a camera system that is graded for extreme cold. Many models used outdoors include enclosures for protection, and some even come with built-in heaters to prevent the buildup of frost.

Security Systems for Companies in Schiller Park

If you’re concerned that your system isn’t properly graded for cold weather, or would like more information on upgrading your year-round security, we can help! SMG provides security systems for companies in Schiller Park and the surrounding areas. Whether you own a retail shop, dispensary, or some other kind of facility, our team can help identify weaknesses in your system and make improvements. If you’re not sure what you need to make security at your facility the best it can be, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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