Load shedding hits and everything goes dark. If you listen closely, you can almost hear it laughing at all the chaos it’s causing! Load shedding takes advantage of the fact that electricity has a hold over our everyday lives – but it’s time to take some of that power back! Here’s how you can protect your electrical appliances during load shedding.
5 Tips To Protect Your Electrical Appliances During Load Shedding
Has load shedding stolen your patience? By following these steps to protect your electrical appliances, it won’t be able to take anything else from you!
1. Surge Protectors
The purpose of a surge protector is in the name – it protects your devices from power surges! As a parent, it is easy to tell from your children’s energy levels when disaster is about to strike, giving you time to step in before it does. In a similar way, surge protectors monitor the electricity flow reaching your appliances and act as a buffer between them and the plug point.
When power levels spike, the surge protector diverts excess power away from your appliances and into the grounding wire. These devices can be linked to a single appliance or to the main electrical panel in your home. This can help protect your appliances so that they don’t need to be replaced as rapidly.
2. Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
Today, no matter which line of work you’re in, productivity generally equals access to the internet. A UPS allows you to keep productivity levels running high, by supplying power to your appliances.
It is a device with a battery backup system supplying power for a few minutes or hours, depending on your needs. Even if only for a few minutes, the UPS allows time for devices to be powered down safely, preventing any damage.
3. Power Strips
While there are many options to choose from, purchasing any surge protecting power strip is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to protect your devices during load shedding.
These strips have a built-in surge protector which is a fuse designed to fail in the event of a power surge. In turn, this ensures the safety of your appliances.
4. Unplug Devices
For the safety of your appliances, during load shedding any sensitive equipment should be unplugged. Sensitive equipment, like your computer, can be damaged or destroyed in the event of a power surge.
There is a great mobile app called Eskom se Push which gives you a head’s up when load shedding is scheduled. Monitoring apps like this will give you enough time to unplug your valuable appliances and equipment.
5. Revisit Insurance
There will be times that you won’t be home to unplug equipment, what happens then? This is when knowing that your insurance is up to date comes in handy!
Together with your broker, different risk situations can be looked at and changes made accordingly. Although not a physical protective measure, it provides peace of mind that your appliances are covered should something happen.
For any further questions on protective measures or general advice on how to prepare for load shedding, please don’t hesitate to call Wayne on 082924775. You can call the same number for help on electrical maintenance, installation and repairs!