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South Africans need to mitigate the risk and damage caused by load shedding by being prepared.
Eskom implemented load shedding this week, leaving parts of South Africa without electricity at a time.
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A few tips to keep in mind during load shedding to ensure your safety:
Get back-up batteries for alarm systems
Double check that alarm systems are in working condition, and have back-up batteries in the event of a power failure.
Load shedding causes power packs and batteries to wear out faster resulting in reduced functionality.
This may also cause alarm systems to produce false alarms and panic signals, so units should be checked frequently.
Have a spare torch or headlamp
Keep a torch in the car in the event of arriving home at night during a power outage.
Because the load shedding timetables are open to the public, criminals may see blackouts as an opportune time to undertake illegal activities. Extra vigilance is especially required when arriving or leaving the home.
Install reserve batteries for fences and gates
Ensure electric fencing and gates still work during load shedding by installing – and maintaining – batteries.
Such batteries typically last between 6 hours and 8 hours when electricity supply goes down.
Load shedding dramatically decreases a battery’s lifespan, so it is incredibly important that these are tested or replaced.
Homeowners should also ensure that their homes are locked up and adequately secured, in order to reduce the risk of a burglary during load shedding.
Save Emergency contact information
People should save emergency contact information on their phones and also keep a paper copy safe and accessible.
The list should include numbers for emergency services such as the fire department, police, and medical services.
Charge electronic devices
Always keep cell phones, laptops, and tablets fully charged in case of an unscheduled blackout.
It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger close by, this comes in handy during extended power outages.
Remember to use devices sparingly during outages so that you don’t drain the battery completely before the power returns.
Have gas for cooking and lighting
A small LP gas bottle and lamp gives good quality lighting for a large area and can also be used for cooking and boiling water.
Unplug all cables
Unplug appliances, or any electronic devices, when the electricity goes out.
These appliances, which include cell phones and computer equipment, can be damaged when the power comes back on due to a spike in electricity flow.
Steyn said residents should consider any electrical connection as live during a power outage as power can return at any time.
Install surge protection
Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage.
Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage.
Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or alternatively at the power outlet to the electronic device.
Only use generators outside
While people may purchase generators, it is critical that these are never used inside the home or in an enclosed area.
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