After the Power Goes Out | Fire Protection


Has your building or property lost power during one of the powerful nor’easters that our area experienced?

Did you know that when you lose power, some of your crucial fire protection equipment has a battery back up? This is great because this gives you reassurance that your property is protected even when the power is out.

Here’s a quiz, which fire protection equipment have backup batteries?

Damage from Nor'easter

If you guessed emergency lights and fire alarm panel you are right! If your power goes out, you will notice that your emergency lights kick on and your fire alarm panel will still protect your building. This works for a short period of time, but after time the battery will die. Like any battery, when the battery is used to an extended period of time or the battery is old, it is likely that the battery will die and not be able to help the next time it is needed. It’s imperative that whenever power goes out you test your emergency lights and check the battery life on your fire alarm panel. The alarm system will have a trouble signal when the battery needs to replaced.


Power surges can also cause issues for your fire alarm system. A surge occurs when the power comes back on after being off. A power surge can cause damage to the battery, the panel, or the whole fire alarm system. If the surge fries the panel or system, the building will not be protected properly.

City Fire is available 24/7 for emergency service if necessary, please call 973-560-1600 or call our emergency after hour’s number 973-884-9540.

Don’t get stuck in the dark unprotected, replace your batteries today! For batteries, please call 973-560-1600 or visit one of our conveniently located stores*.


733 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover, NJ 07936

2260 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07304 (Between Virginia & Boyd)


*When purchasing a replacement battery for your alarm panel at our stores, please do one of the following 1. Get the make and model of panel 2. Take a picture of the panel 3. Bring in the old battery*