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Prevention is better than cure

By now you would have gotten your Load Shedding schedule provided by your respective municipality, so you are aware of when your block is scheduled for a shut down during load shedding. Use this knowledge and set new habits in place to prevent any risks that may occur during a power cut. Electricity is unpredictable, but your precautions can stop a disaster or hazard from happening to you.

So in case we are faced again with some unexpected load shedding, we’ve taken the time to highlight a few practices you should put in place to ensure the safety of your home, office and assets.

  1. Become diligent. Unplug ALL devices and cables from wall sockets that were being used before load shedding hit. Do this diligently everyday before leaving your home or office, to ensure that you don’t return to a potential problem.
  2. Take your car out the garage. Load shedding takes place at all hours of the day, so to ensure no unnecessary admin to your morning, be sure to take you car out the garage a few minutes before load shedding hits so that when you are ready to leave for work, you can do so without hassle. If you place your garage on manual, be sure to lock it up properly before leaving your property.
  3. Follow up with your security company. Alarms and security beams need electricity to fulfil their function. During load shedding, these can be down if you do not have a battery set in place for them. Your and your property’s safety should always be a concern, so if you do not have this in place, contact your security company to find out what the steps are to make sure your security measures work during these hours.
  4. Check in with your insurance broker. Accidents happen. Power surges. Even though it is well managed, electricity can play by its own rules at times. Contact your insurer to make sure that you are covered for power surge mishaps, and to inform them of any changes you have made to your property to prepare for load shedding. Making sure you are fully covered during these vulnerable times can save you many headaches should something happen.

For as long as load shedding is here, make sure that you are prepared, covered and ready for each day. Smalls changes to your daily routine will go a long way.