4 Tips for Managing Risk During Load Shedding
Keeping your food cold without power can be difficult, particularly when don’t have time to prepare in advance for an emergency. As it happens, an emergency is the least likely cause of power outages; it is more likely to be caused by planned load-shedding.
How to Prepare Your Business for Load Shedding
Just Fridge has the 4 top tips for managing risk during load-shedding. Take the time to prepare; you will be happy you did.
A generator can be a lifesaver when it comes to power outages, and considering the continual load shedding we are faced with as South Africans, it is a valuable investment.
1. Minimise the Opening of Fridge & Freezer Doors
Do not open the refrigerator and freezer doors unnecessarily. Take out what you need quickly, then close the doors and keep them closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for four to six hours if the door is kept closed.
2. Group Foods Together in Your Freezers
A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours, while a half-full one will do so for only 24 hours. Fill empty juice or milk jugs with water and keep them in the freezer, as you can use these frozen blocks of ice to maintain the cold temperature in your refrigerator and/or to keep the temperature in your freezer colder for a longer period.
3. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Ice
Place ice cubes in a bag and put them in the freezer. If the ice cubes have melted, you will know that everything in the freezer thawed and is likely unsafe. If you have access to dry ice, put this in your freezer.
4. Keep a Thermometer in Your Freezer
This will tell you exactly what temperature the food is at when the power is restored. Place appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer. After the power cut, check the temperature to determine whether your food is still safe to consume.
Manage Your Business’ Commercial Refrigeration Risk with Help from Just Fridge
Just Fridge has more handy tips on our blog and you can contact us to keep cool during the frequent load shedding periods that range anywhere from one to twelve hours. Our refrigeration systems need to stay cool with or without electricity. We hope this makes it easier for you.