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With Summer comes Thunderstorms

Summer is here and with warmer weather comes thunderstorms and power outages. One of the most unpredictable and often most detrimental threats to any security system is extreme weather conditions and in Johannesburg, we experience severe lightning storms, every summer. An electric storm can wreak havoc with your gate motors, perimeter electric fence, external motion sensors, beams, backup batteries and internal alarm systems! During an electric storm, there may be many lightning strikes that hit the ground directly, or connect with electricity poles, trees, television aerials etc. There is an estimated 1 billion volts in one lighting strike, which generates a burst of heat 3 times hotter than the surface of the sun. Every time this happens the energy surge is incredible and it moves through the channel of least resistance, which could be your home or building’s circuitry, your gate or your electric fence – or all three. The surge pushes through the thin wiring and melts it instantly, leaving a burnt, damaged mess and destroying everything along the path.This is why a strike