Five steps to keep your TV safe during load-shedding

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By this stage in the seemingly never-ending load-shedding saga, the last thing you need is to get home after a long day, ready to Netflix and chill, only to stare at a black screen because your TV won’t switch on – the reason? A power surge. 

What is a power surge? When it’s your turn to have power again and the lights are switched on for your neighbourhood, the sudden rush of electricity created from a power surge exceeds the typical voltage that is supplied to households and can result in irreparable damage to your electronics and appliances. Any device connected to main power at the time is at risk of being irreversibly damaged.

Make sure to protect your TV and other valuable appliances from being damaged by following these steps from SKYWORTH South Africa:

  • Unplug your TV when you’re not watching it (even if the power is on). This will help conserve energy and reduce the risk of power surges.
  • Unplug your TV from the wall just before load-shedding begins to ensure that your TV won’t be subjected to any sudden and unexpected surges when the power returns.
  • Make sure your TV is plugged into a surge protector, which is designed to protect against any sudden spikes in voltage. It is also important to check that your surge protector is equipped with a built-in battery backup, as this can provide an extra layer of protection in the event of a power outage.
  • If you can, invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), invertor or generator to provide your TV with backup power.
  • Keep your TV away from direct sunlight, heat sources, water, and any moisture. This will help prevent overheating and any potential damage from water or humidity.
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