Load-Shedding Has Affected Everyone Throughout The Country Causing Much Inconvenience To All. Here Are Some Tips For You To Help Prepare Yourself And Your Family To Ease The Inconvenience Caused By Load-Shedding.
Preparation Before Load-Shedding
Make sure that your cellphone’s battery is fully charged. When a landline is interrupted due to power outages, you will need your cellphone to reach people, especially emergencies services.
Ensuring that you have enough fuel in your vehicle is another precaution as pumps at petrol stations cannot be operated during power outages.
Ensure that you have some cash stored in a safe place at home as ATMs will be unavailable.
Release automatic electric garage door mechanisms and switch electric security gates to manual operation. In the event that power outages run for a long time, you will still be able to get in and out of the house.
Make sure you have torches, batteries, candles and matches, and put them somewhere where they can be easily found in the dark. It is a good idea to keep a torch by your bedside at all times.
Check schedules of load-shedding to see when your area will be affected. Boil water and keep in a thermos flask for hot drinks, prepare meals beforehand and use thermal covers to keep the food warm.
During The Load-Shedding
During load-shedding make sure that all lights and appliances are switched off and unplugged those that you can. This will help protect your appliances against possible power surges while supply is being restored. Leave a single light switch on to alert you when the power returns.
Try to not open the refrigerator door during a power outage as this will allow the cold air to escape. By keeping the door closed, a power outage food wont spoil in the fridge for up to four hours, while a freezer should keep frozen food safe for at least a day. Try to have snacks available that do not need to be refrigerated.
Ensure that all doors and windows are locked should your alarm system not have a back-up power supply. Find out from your security service provider about the back-up options for your security systems.
Try to plan activities around the load-shedding periods that will make best use of the time, knowing that you will not be able to watch T.V. use the computer, etc
After Your Scheduled Load-Shedding Is Complete
Once the load-shedding for your area is complete, do not switch all your appliances on at once as the power supply might still be slightly unstable. Only switch on those you need immediately.
It is a good idea to switch appliances on and off to make sure that they were not damaged during the load-shedding.
Remember to reset electronic clocks and other timers that could have been disturbed, such as the geyser, pool pumps, etc.