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5 tips for surviving load shedding

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5 tips for surviving load shedding

1. Switch appliances off at the wall

To avoid any appliance getting damaged, it is best to unplug all appliances to protect against any electric surges caused by the power being reactivated. Even if no load shedding is expected for your area on a particular day, it is best to unplug your appliances in case the utility announces one and you are unable to get home in time.

2. Find emergency keys for electrical gates

To avoid being locked out of your own home, make sure to carry the spare manual override keys for your electric gates and garage doors whenever you leave the house. You might also want to purchase a glow-in-the-dark keyring to put on your keys so that you're able to find them if your power gets cut in the evening.

3. Stock up on candles and torches

Candles and torchesĀ are a few of the items you're going to want to stock up on so that you're unable to endure the time you have to spend in the dark. These days, we all keep a torch in our back pocket in the form of our mobile devices. However, in case your device happens to be running low on battery power, it is advisable to have a torch in an easily accessible part of your home.

4. Prepare pre-blackout snacks

If you're able to get home before the electricity cuts out, make a flask of boiling water so that you're able to enjoy a hot drink while you wait for the power to return. You should also stock up on snacks or foods that do not need any reheating or cooking, like sandwiches or salads. If you've got any foods that could spoil, you could freeze a few bottles of water and keep these in your fridge or freezer to keep things cool.

5. Setting your morning alarm

If you need to wake up at a specific time, it might be safer to set your alarm on your phone or on a battery-powered clock over this period. If you do have an electric alarm clock, be sure to reset this if you've had a power outage during the day.

Author: Property 24

Submitted 26 Mar 19 / Views 233

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