Tips in case of power outages

2008-01-16 00:00

• Switch off (or even better, disconnect) any electrical appliances that you were using. When the power comes back on, it may do so with a momentary surge, which can damage electronically controlled appliances such as computers, televisions sets, VCRs and DVD players.

• Reset time control clocks on cooking ovens, pool pumps, geysers and other automatically controlled appliances.

• Ensure that your cellphone is always fully charged when power is available.

• Ensure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank since during power outages, petrol stations cannot pump fuel.

• Ensure that you have adequate cash as auto tellers cannot operate without electricity.

• Release automatic electric garage door mechanisms to allow you to gain access to your property during a power outage.

• Boil water and keep in thermos flasks for hot drinks for when the power is scheduled to be switched off.

• Fill plastic containers with water in a deep freeze or the freezer compartment of your fridge. The frozen water will help keep food cold during a power outage.

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