Before a power cut

What to do when a (lengthy) power cut is announced in advance (in particular in connection which a planned load shedding procedure):

 

  • unplug fridges and freezers if the power cut will exceed 8 hours to avoid an electrical overload when the current is reconnected;
  • charge your mobile phone, even though both mobile and landline networks may be subject to disturbances;
  • keep an emergency kit to hand: a battery-operated radio, torch and candles, medication;
  • keep supplies of cold food and thermos flasks of hot water;
  • warn your friends, family and vulnerable neighbours and encourage them to take the same precautions;
  • Listen to a battery-operated, wind-up or car radio in order to keep up to date with the authorities' recommendations.
  • Keep a switch in the on position so you know when the power is reconnected. 

In the event of danger or an emergency, call 112. 

Emergency kit 

In the event of an emergency, and in order to be able to react appropriately, you must be prepared in advance to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones. You should keep an emergency kit at home which will enable you to live independently for several days 

  • at home, in the event that you are required to stay inside;
  • outside your home, if an evacuation order is given. 

Also take the time to work out: 

  • where and how you turn off the water, gas and electricity;
  • how your family will remain in contact in an emergency;
  • if you have older or vulnerable neighbours who may need your help. 

The emergency kit must 

  • be easy to transport
  • and be easy to find for all members of your family
  • so that it can be accessed as quickly as possible

 

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