Don’t be left in the dark

With Eskom’s continued loadshedding it is more than likely that you will end up without electricity at some point or another. Here is a checklist of things you can do to ensure you aren’t left in the dark when it happens.

Not everyone can afford to purchase a generator or install solar power, so what to to do when the lights go off?

Purchase light producing objects

Buy flashlights, candles, gas lamps or even glowsticks and keep them in an easily accessible area. In case someone forgot to put back these items in the specified area, attaching glow in the dark stickers will help you locate them. If you are going to buy glowsticks keeping them in the freezer will help them last longer.

Another great tip is to stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long, this way the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.
Safety first

It is easy to forget about first aid when in a power outage but accidents happen (especially if you are forced to work in a darker environment)

Your first aid kit should include bandages (various sizes), gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment and pain medicine. You can buy first aid kits at various drugstores or assemble your own.

Keep a stash of batteries. Make an inventory of the different kinds of batteries your electronics use instead of assuming they all run on double-A or triple-A. Buy batteries in bulk — more than you think you'll need — so that you'll have a good amount in case of a prolonged outage.

Keeping tummies full

Invest in a great camping stove that works with gas, that way dinner time won’t be downgraded to sandwiches in the dark. A camping kettle is another great idea for the coffee lovers! 

Consider canned goods as they are prepared a lot faster and will definitely fill hungry tummies in a pinch.

Other quick tips

- Have car chargers for your cell phone. So the electricity won't work, but that doesn't mean you can't use your car as one big battery. Be careful not to kill your car battery when you're charging your phone. Not being able to start your car is probably more problematic than not being able to start your cell phone. If you have a landline rather use it instead of your cellphone.

- Fill spare space in your refrigerator with water bottles. Frozen water bottles in your freezer will act like ice blocks and keep it frozen longer while the power is off. 

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