Sitting in darkness instantly makes you feel more vulnerable. Make sure your home is secured and family are safe when the lights go out with these easy tips from Budget Insurance.

Stay safe in darkness:

  1. Put the proposed load shedding times somewhere handy so that your family will have enough time to prepare for the power outage.
  2. Get a few high-wattage solar powered lights for your garden, and a few LED lights for inside. Light is a deterrent to would-be burglars.
  3. Invest in a portable phone charger, so that you can still call for help if you need to.
  4. If you need to manually open and close your gates when you get home, try to have someone come and meet you at your entrance, or arrange for an escort from your security company.
  5. Use padlocks, burglar bars and deadbolts to provide an extra level of home security that isn’t power-dependent.
  6. Alarm systems, garage doors and electric gates generally rely on electricity, so make sure that these items all have good back-up batteries.
  7. Make sure all appliances – especially those that pose a fire risk if left unattended – are switched off when load shedding starts and gradually turned back on once power returns. This not only minimises the pressure on the grid when the power is turned back on, but also minimises the risk of damage to appliances due to power surges, or a fire risk causing a power outage to turn into a catastrophe.