SURVIVING POWER OUTAGES THIS WINTER
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
According to a recent news report, Eskom can’t guarantee that there will be no power outages this winter as the grid remains tight.
“With this in mind, it’s best to be prepared and to expect rolling blackouts and load shedding in your area over the cold season,” says John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance.
Besides from reducing your electricity consumption (especially between the peak 5pm to 9pm period), unplugging your appliances when you’re not using them, using gas heaters instead of electric ones and stocking up on warm blankets, here are some useful tips on how to survive a power outage:
During a power cut, security systems and electric fences will obviously go offline. This raises the question - if your house is burgled during a black-out, are you covered?
“It is a condition in most insurance policies that a house alarm has to be activated at all times when the home is not occupied. So, if a house is burgled during a power cut, then, theoretically, the customer would not benefit from any burglary cover as the alarm would be rendered inoperative. However, if you have a home contents policy and your house is burgled during a blackout, Dial Direct apply principles of fairness and equity when processing such a claim.
“Should a customer have an accident because of ineffective traffic lights caused by a power cut, the client would also enjoy cover. That said, a duty is placed on the shoulders of the customer to exercise more caution when driving in areas affected by the power cuts. Be extra vigilant as visibility will be poor and always treat a traffic light that is not working like a four-way stop,” says October.