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Prepare yourself by doing the following:

  • Keep your cell phone fully charged when the power is on.
  • Make sure your vehicle/s have fuel in the tank - petrol stations cannot pump fuel during power outages.
  • Access, security and safety always remain a top priority.

- Release your automatic electric garage door mechanisms so that you can gain access to your property during a power outage.

- Switch your electric security gates to ‘’manual’’ to avoid being either locked out of or in your home.

  • Keep a battery-powered torch in a place where it will be easy to find in the dark – make sure you have an extra set of fresh batteries.
  • Keep a small torch on bedside table at all times - make sure you have an extra set of fresh batteries.
  • Invest in a small LP gas lamp for good quality lighting over a large area.
  • Keep boiled water in thermos flasks for hot drinks during a power outage.
  • Prepare meals beforehand in case of a power outage.
  • Keep a stock of essential tinned foods and snacks that do not need refrigeration – preserved foods are easy alternatives when you were not able to prepare a meal beforehand.
  • Invest in a small LP gas heating ring for essential cooking and to boil water for hot drinks - make sure you have an extra bottle of gas
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed at all times – a power outage of four hours should not cause food spoilage and a freezer should keep food frozen and safe for at least a day.
  • Most medication that needs refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling – it is essential that you check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure about your type of medication.
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