While the necessary repairs are being made at Eskom's power stations, we will likely experience regular power cuts for the next 18 months. These outages increase the risk of opportunistic crime, especially since load shedding schedules are made public for everyone to see, including criminals. It’s therefore important to take extra precautions to protect your home.
|Secure your home||Ensure that your home is locked up and adequately secured (for example, burglar bars) to reduce the risk of a burglary. This will also improve the outcome of an insurance claim if you do fall victim to theft|
|Be vigilant when arriving at or leaving your home||Keep a torch in your car for when you arrive home in the dark and need to open any security gates manually.|
|Make use of alternative light sources||Make use of solar-powered or battery-operated lights when the power is out. It’s a good idea to keep rechargeable torches and lights at home and in your car, and to make sure they are charged at all times.|
|If you have a generator, make sure it’s installed safely||Never use a generator inside your home or in an enclosed area. Generators produce carbon monoxide, which is highly flammable and can be fatal if inhaled.|
|Test your alarm system||Alarm power packs and batteries can wear out faster during load shedding, resulting in reduced functionality.
• Test your alarm system regularly by activating it on purpose while the electricity is off to see if the battery is working.
• If you have a wireless alarm system, ensure that all your alarm peripherals have fresh batteries.
• Have your alarm system serviced at least twice a year.
|Install reserve batteries for fences and gates||Install and maintain reserve batteries for electric fencing and gates to ensure these still work during load shedding.|
|Bonus tip –
remember to unplug
|Remember to unplug all electronics, electrical devices and equipment to avoid damage due to sudden surges when the power comes back on.|
Check your policy to see what is covered in the event of loss or damage to your home or its contents during load shedding. If you have any questions about what you are covered for, please call us on 0860 333 111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also recommend speaking to your insurance broker about any additional cover you may need.
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