While your power company would do everything in their power to provide you with electricity, power cuts do happen and are sometimes really necessary. For example, when your power company needs to perform essential maintenance or to prepare for inclement weather. That being said, here’s what you could to make sure that you’re prepared when a power cut occurs.
- Restock or build your emergency kit. This should include your first aid supplies, some cash, a couple of torches, and battery packs for your emergency lights from Battery Clerk and other devices that require batteries.
- Charge all battery-powered devices and mobile phones and ensure that you have alternative options for charging these.
- Stock up on easy to cook food or cook food in advance if possible.
- If you utilise other lighting and heating options such as candles or paraffin heaters, never leave them unsupervised.
- Fill up your gas tank beforehand since petrol stations also depend on electricity for powering their pumps.
- If you’re planning on using your vehicle for recharging devices, do so in an open area and not in your garage or somewhere that’s enclosed as this could result in carbon monoxide poisoning. Check if your carbon monoxide detector is working.
- If you or someone in your household depends on power dependent on battery-operated medical equipment, make sure you have a plan in advance. Keep emergency numbers close by.
- Watch out for potential power surges. As you power company work on restoring your electricity, expect the entire grid to be unstable. This could result in power surges that could quickly destroy your electronic devices. With this in mind, switch off and unplug your electronics, but leave at least one light turned on, so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
- Refrain from opening your freezer door unless you need to keep your frozen food frozen for longer. Only open it once power has been restored to check if the food is still fine.
Likewise, keep in mind that power cut is more than just a nuisance as it could result in costly repairs and could even be hazardous to your and your loved ones. To that end, keep these tips in mind to help keep your family and your wallet as safe and secure as possible.