Get back-up batteries for alarm systems. Double check that alarm systems are in working condition, and have back-up batteries in the event of a power failure.
Load shedding causes power packs and batteries to wear out faster. This may also cause alarm systems to produce false alarms and panic signals, so units should be checked frequently.
Install reserve batteries for fences and gates too. Ensure electric fencing and gates still work during load shedding by installing – and maintaining – batteries.
Such batteries typically last between 6 hours and 8 hours when electricity supply goes down. But load shedding dramatically decreases a battery’s lifespan, so it is incredibly important that these are tested or replaced.
Have a spare torch or headlamp – Keep a torch in the car in the event of arriving home at night during a power outage and make sure that you have a fully charged torch and have torches accessible to children (where possible) in their bedrooms. Most smartphone also have a built-in torch or torch apps which come in handy during unexpected power outages.
Be extra vigilant
Because the load shedding timetables are open to the public, criminals may see blackouts as an opportune time to undertake illegal activities. Extra vigilance is especially required when arriving or leaving the home.
Always keep cell phones, laptops, and tablets fully charged in case of an unscheduled blackout. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger close by, this comes in handy during extended power outages or purchase a power bank, which could be useful. Remember to use devices sparingly during outages so that you don’t drain the battery completely before the power returns.