What do I do When the Power Goes out?
During any power outage the first thing you have to do is "LOCATE THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM"
There are a number of reasons why the electricity in your house might go off, so the first thing to do in the event of a blackout is to check if the problem is inside your home; for example, a faulty appliance or broken light bulb might have blown a fuse or switched off the supply. You can do this by checking your trip switches or fuses to see if there is a fault with your wiring or an appliance. If the trip switch is set to the ‘off’ position or the fuses have blown, it’s likely that you have a faulty appliance or are having problems with your wiring.
However, if the problem has not been caused by an appliance in your house or a problem with your wiring, check outside and see if your neighbours are having the same problem. If so, stay inside and stay away from your fuse box.
The next thing you have to do is "TURN OFF ALL APPLIANCES"
During a power outage you should turn off all appliances, but keep one light on so that you know when the power comes back on. While most of your appliances will be fine without power, your fridge and freezer might start to thaw so it’s important to keep the doors closed so the contents stay cool for as long as possible. Once the power comes back on, make sure any frozen food has not defrosted or any refrigerated food hasn’t spoiled.
It’s important to ensure that any heaters and cooking appliances that use electricity are also switched off and clear of any debris that could be a fire hazard, such as tea towels napkins.
RCD'S, What are They and What do They do?
Inside of every electrical circuit there is a device called an RCD. An RCD -also known as a residual current device - is a life saving device which prevents you from receiving a fatal shock if a live wire is touched.
An RCD is a sensitive safety device that switches off electricity automatically if there is a fault.
What Does an RCD Do?
An RCD is designed to protect against the risks of electrocution and fire caused by earth faults. For example, if you cut through the cable when mowing the lawn and accidentally touched the exposed live wires or a faulty appliance overheats causing electric current to flow to earth.
How Does it Work?
An RCD constantly monitors the electric current flowing through one or more circuits it is used to protect. If it detects electricity flowing down an unintended path, such as through a person who has touched a live part, the RCD will switch the circuit off very quickly, significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury.