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6 ways you can prepare for load-shedding

Published on: 26 June 2018

Like power outages, load shedding can be a real pain - especially in the winter time where the evenings are longer and the weather chillier. But, snuggling up indoors doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom...

If you know that your area is scheduled for load shedding, here's how to prepare: 

  1. Stay lit: Make sure you have a few torches, lanterns or candles ready to light up your space – you’re going to need them to safely navigate your way around. While you’re at it, you may want to make sure you have enough batteries that are in good condition too, or matches/lighter for the candles.
  2. Plug out: Ensure that all electric devices or equipment are unplugged, or at least switched off at the wall to avoid damage due to a surge of power. Making use of surge protection will also help minimise damage, as surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage.
  3. Get gassed up: Get a small LP gas stove which can be used for cooking, boiling water or warming a baby’s bottle. It’s also a good idea, once the water has boiled, to fill up a thermal flask to keep it hot.
  4. Get charged up: If you are lucky enough to find out ahead of time that a power cut is scheduled for your area, ensure that cell phones, power bank devices (portable chargers), laptops and tablets etc. are charged up ahead time, and as soon as possible after. You’re going to need some battery life for all that online surfing! Hey, it may even be a good time to catch up on admin – login to your policy using MiWay’s App or MiXpress and do a bit of maintenance.
  5. Have a braai: Not that South Africans need an excuse to have a braai, but load shedding could be a valid one if you ever did. Plus, it’s a great way to feed the family while keeping them busy and entertained. So, make sure you always have charcoal and lighters.
  6. Jump on board: Stock up on board games to keep the family entertained through the dark times. Make sure you have options that they will actually be interested in playing! Playing games is always a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

With the above tips in hand, you’re off to a good start with your load shedding survival kit. Be sure to stay in the loop and up to date with your area’s load shedding schedule to avoid being caught off-guard.