Load shedding: how to minimise loss and damage when the lights are out

Load shedding: how to minimise loss and damage when the lights are out

The appliances and technological equipment in your home are some of the most expensive items you'll ever own. Unfortunately, they are also the most sensitive to power surges.

With load shedding expected to become an increasingly common occurrence, it has become more important than ever to put preventative measures in place that will avert extra expenses.

We've put together this list of practical tips showing you how to minimise loss and damage in and around your home, in the event of load shedding.

Unplug appliances that are not in use during load shedding. Unplugging your appliances will minimise the chances of damage to your home in general. If you leave your appliances plugged in and switched on and a scheduled power outage takes place, you could be running a fire risk and use electricity unnecessarily.

Install surge protectors in your home to prevent a sudden flow of power when electricity is restored. Power surges occur when there is a boost in electrical charge in the power lines. This causes an increase in the current flowing to your wall socket and can result in damaged appliances. Fortunately, Santam has a partnership with lightning and power surge protection company Surgetek in which policyholders qualify for a 20% discount. Click here for more information.

Regularly test your home alarm system and ensure that it is in working order. Most home alarm systems come with an extended battery life, but load shedding could affect it. It is important that you test the alarm from time to time to check that it is still in good working condition;

Ensure that electric fencing and gates still work during a blackout, or request more regular patrols and checks from your security company. As with your home alarm, making sure your electrical security measures work can make all the difference. Most security companies will be on high alert during periods of load shedding especially.

If you have any questions or concerns about load shedding and your insurance cover, speak to your broker or call us on 0860 444 444.

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