Load-shedding is back with a vengeance – but Eskom and King Price have some tips for keeping your electrical goods safe during this period. Eskom advises consumers to unplug computer power cables from sockets, unplug telephone cables from modems and install surge protectors to prevent damage to good during power surges.
Wynand van Vuuren, client experience partner at King Price, says computers, TV sets and fridges are at particular risk of damage due to power surges (when Eskom turns the lights back on). “It’s worth installing surge protectors and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems in your house, especially for your most valuable appliances,” he says. “A UPS allows you to shut your appliances down properly when the power goes off.”
Van Vuuren says it’s worth checking your household insurance to see if you’re covered for damage from power surges. Damage to appliances can be claimed from your municipality rather than your insurer – but you can claim for losses related to the contents of your fridge and freezer, depending on the terms of your policy.”
- RISKAFRICA uses the Load Shedding Notifier app, which monitors the current load-shedding status and notifies you when power is scheduled to go off in your area. Accurate and reliable!