Surviving load shedding


Load shedding is back in full swing, and there is not much we can do to stop it. However, living through it does not have to be an expensive and time-consuming exercise. Here are some handy tips you may not have thought of to help you through it:

Safety tips
- Switch off electrical appliances when the power is out to prevent voltage spike damage when the power comes back on. 
- Never allow children to use open fires to heat food or keep warm unsupervised.
- Keep a torch in your car so that you can see your way around if you get home after dark during load shedding. 
- Don’t text and drive, no matter how slow the traffic might be. Being aware of your surroundings can also help you be more vigilant of criminals who are looking for opportunities to rob people. 

Dinner 
If you think load shedding means you must eat cereal and salad leaves only, think again! How about a braai? Here are some healthy braai guidelines to ensure that your braai is healthier for you and your whole family. If cooking is not your style, how about you take the family out for dinner? Be prepared by buying Col’Cacchio vouchers on our online shop in advance and save 15%.

Entertainment 
Even though you cannot watch TV during load shedding, you can still go out for a nice long stroll with the family. You’d be surprised at how much you will learn about your family members. And if you reach 10 000 steps in one day, we’ll reward you with an active day. Just don’t forget to put on your fitness tracking device.   

General load shedding tips 
- Freeze water in old juice and cold drink bottles, and place strategically in the fridge when the power is out to ensure that meat and other perishables are kept cold for as long as possible. 
- Always keep your power banks and cell phones fully charged. 
- Keep up with your area’s load shedding schedule here to know exactly when the power will be off so that you can plan ahead. 

You might also want to read this post on safety tips for driving at night. These tips might come in handy especially now that there is load shedding.