Minimise loss when it’s load shedding

June 22, 2015


Technological equipment and appliances in your home can be some of the most expensive items that you will own. That’s why if it breaks, there’s a part inside of us that dreads the loss. With Eskom giving us a knock out every now and then, there is a fear that our beloved goods could come under fire, as they are sensitive to power surges.

Load shedding is becoming more and more a common occurrence that’s why it’s imperative that you put measures in place that will avert any extra expenses. Fortunately there are practical things you can do to minimise any loss and damage around your home in the event of load shedding.

Unplug appliances

Possible power surges can occur during load shedding, if you leave your appliances plugged and switched on. Power surges happen when the electricity returns after an extended outage, sending an increased flow of current to a wall socket or an electrical box. This has the potential to damage your home appliances and even risk the possibility of running a fire.

The best measure to take to prevent this from happening is to unplug your appliances before the load shedding occurs. Stay on top the schedule to know what day its set to switch off in your area. You can also install surge protectors in your home to prevent a sudden flow of power when electricity is restored.

The possibility of a break-in

While you’re lying cosily under your duvet covers, an unsuspecting thief might be breaking into your home.  Do regular tests on your home alarm system to ensure that it’s in working order. Most home alarm systems come with an extended battery life, but there is a chance that load shedding could affect it. It is important that you test the alarm from time to time to check that it is still in good working condition.

Ensure that electric fencing and gates still work during a blackout, or request more regular patrols and checks from your security company. As with your home alarm, making sure your electrical security measures work can make all the difference. This being the difference between a secure property and an unsecure one. Most security companies are especially on high alert during periods of load shedding.

Avoid the havoc that power outages can occur, by staying on top of the game. We love what we have and have worked hard to come by our beloved goods, that’s why it’s so important to protect it to the best of our abilities.


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