Okay, so we’ve all been in the situation where the lights have flickered on and off a few times and we’ve lost internet connection for a few seconds. It’s pretty annoying right! But what about when we have a proper power outage? It could be because of an electrical grid overload, a freak of nature such as a severe storm or hurricane, or embarrassingly because you simply forgot to pay your bill. Whatever the reason, here are six smart things you should do in the event.
Power up your gadgets
That’s if you have advanced warning of an impending power cut of course. Phones, laptop’s, Ipads, can all help to while away the hours if you’ve got no electricity, but only if you powered them up before hand!
Turn off appliances bar one
It’s probably a good idea to go round and switch off all lights and appliances in the event of a power outage. This will prevent a sudden electrical surge when the power returns. However don’t forget to leave one light on because you’re going to need at least one visual cue that the power is indeed, back on..
Check with your neighbours
There’s nothing worse that sitting in a power outage for hours on end, only to look and see that your neighbour’s lights are on. It’s then that it suddenly dawns on you that the problem was in fact your fuse box all along. For this reason, it might be worth checking with your neighbours to see whether they have power or not. If not, then great! At least you know it isn’t just you!
Keep fridge and freezer doors closed
Surprisingly fridges and freezers remain cold for a relatively long time without any power, provided that you keep the cold in. This means keeping the doors shut. Also you might want to think about perishable foods and what needs to be eaten up first.
Dig out your torch, candles and matches
Again if you’re aware of an impending power outage then it pays to have flash lights, candles and matches close to hand. There’s nothing worse than having to try and rummage through drawers in the pitch black, so knowing exactly where they are is definitely a bonus.
Finally, if you really want to while away the time during a power cut, then you need to have some fun. Get out the board games that have been gathering dust in your drawers, get creative and write a letter, or draw a picture (it’s great fun in candle light) or pick up that novel you’ve been thinking about reading for years. You might hate the first 10 pages, but once you get into it, then trust me, the time will really fly by!
If you are in the situation where you have power problems and it doesn’t appear to be a power outage then you might want to speak to Static Electrics. We have the experience and the knowledge to deal with any type of electrical problem. Give us a call on 0429 139 039 today and we’ll be there as quickly as we can, if not sooner!