Load-shedding: Don’t get caught by surprise

There’s talk of load-shedding and scheduled black-outs, so here are some tips to help you manage when the power goes down:

  • The first thing you’ll need is the load-shedding schedule for your neighbourhood – there are links to each city here: http://citizen.co.za/139351/find-load-shedding-schedules/
  • Have a couple of thermos flasks on hand and fill them with boiling water before the power goes out Longchi edition.
  • If you have a gas stove then cooking won ‘t be a problem, but make sure it’s in good working order and take extra care when using gas.
  • You can increase candle-light by placing them in front of a mirror, or putting a few into a large clear glass jar.
  • For light, buy a few small rechargeable battery lanterns, and make sure that batteries are charged for torches and other portable lights.
  • If you have children, get some board games and other entertainments together because when the power shuts down, so does the TV and the computer!

One last thing – it’s icy cold winter and, unless you have a fireplace or a gas heater, the temperature will drop when the power goes off, so have a stack of fleecy blankets around for the family to wrap themselves in. Stay warm!

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