1. Switch appliances off at the wall: To avoid any appliance getting damaged, it is best to unplug all appliances to protect against any electric surges caused by the power being reactivated. Even if no load shedding is expected for your area on a particular day, it is best to unplug your appliances in case the utility announces one and you are unable to get home in time.
2. Find emergency keys for electrical gates: To avoid being locked out of your own home, make sure to carry the spare manual override keys for your electric gates and garage doors whenever you leave the house.
3. Stock up on candles, torches, books and board games: Candles, torches, books and board games are a few of the items you're going to want to stock up on so that you're unable to endure the time you have to spend in the dark. These days, we all keep a torch in our back pocket in the form of our mobile devices.
4. Prepare pre-blackout snacks: If you're able to get home before the electricity cuts out, make a flask of boiling water so that you're able to enjoy a hot drink while you wait for the power to return. You should also stock up on snacks or foods that do not need any reheating or cooking, like sandwiches or salads.
5. Setting your morning alarm: If you need to wake up at a specific time, it might be safer to set your alarm on your phone or on a battery-powered clock over this period. If you do have an electric alarm clock, be sure to reset this if you've had a power outage during the day.
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