Has your Sunshine Coast home lost power? If you’re an avid multitasker, then there’s a chance you’ve had experience with a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. Sometimes power outages are due to issues with the power supply itself, whether it be a storm or fallen power line. Whether you’re preparing dinner for the whole family or just about to watch a big game of footy, there’s never a convenient time to lose power. If you can’t get a Sunshine Coast electrician to your property instantly, we’ve got a survival guide to get you through a few hours off the grid.
Preparation is key!
Make sure you have a few easy-to-reach torches stored in multiple locations around the house, along with spare batteries. Also, consider purchasing a glow-in-the-dark torch as this will enable you to find it in the dark much easier.
As well as being a nice addition to the house aesthetically, candles are a perfect source of light for when the power cuts out. They will also allow you to conserve batteries on your torches in case there’s a prolonged outage. Never go to sleep while the candles are still burning and be sure to have a lighter to get them started.
In case of a power outage, always have a battery-operated radio nearby—with plenty of spare batteries. Not only will this provide you with a source of entertainment (and company if you’re alone), but it’s also a great way to keep updated on important information.
Keep it closed
If you’ve just purchased a week’s worth of groceries before the power gave way, don’t worry just yet! An unopened refrigerator will keep things cool for approximately 4 hours and a powerless freezer could stay cold for up to 24 hours. If you don’t want to be throwing away spoiled food once the power reboots, keep your fridge and freezer browsing to a bare minimum.
Entertainment the old-fashioned way
While a power outage can sometimes be frustrating (and a little scary), it can also be somewhat exciting. With no video games or TVs for the kids, get the family together, light some candles and prepare for a fun night of playing board games. If you’re by yourself, you can dust off a few books and get reading.
Consider purchasing a generator
If you can’t cope with the thought of being without power for too long, you should consider buying a generator. While they are expensive to buy and difficult to set up, they are your only real alternative source of energy until the power comes back or help arrives.
How to fix it?
If your power goes out, try calling your power supply company on your mobile to see if it’s an issue on their end. Still no answers? Fiddling with your power box can be dangerous, so it’s a smart idea to get a Sunshine Coast electrician—here’s a couple of our favourite!
If you want an experienced team of electricians for your job, contact Accord Electrical today. Specialising in grid connection and solar panel systems, the professionals here can provide a stress-free service all at an affordable price. Are you looking to make your home more environmentally sustainable? The certified Clean Energy Council green electricians at Accord Electricians will be more than happy to help.
Servicing: Caloundra to Peregian
Whether it’s a problem with your switch board or you need that hot water system fixed for those cold winter mornings, the friendly team at Jim White Electrical can sort you out! Need an expert electrician to take a look at your new renovation? Taking care of your own electrical installations can be extremely dangerous, so one of the qualified electricians to use their in-depth knowledge and get the job done right. If you want to hire an electrician that won’t let you down, contact Jim White Electrical today.
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