Home Improvement

Dealing with a Blackout

Blackouts can be a shocking, terrifying and worrying event for your family. Say you are spending your Saturday night at home watching the television while having dinner. In the background, your washing machine hums away while another family member is taking a hot shower. Suddenly, your television turns off, the sound of the washing machine disappears while all your lights go out. A blackout has just occurred.

Do Not Panic

At this point, we must stress the importance of staying calm and not panicking. For starters, your apartment may now have been plunge into darkness, making it dangerous for you to recklessly move around. Secondly, under most circumstances, there is no immediate danger that your family will be in. As such, a calm approach to getting your bearings and fetching your torchlight can be taken.

Why Blackouts Occur

Blackouts might occur in your home due to a range of different situations.


Commonly, a thunderstorm in your area would result in a blackouts when lightning hits your power grids. As a result, a large charge of current is introduced into your home’s electric circuit. Should the increase in current be beyond the limit of your circuit, your circuit breaker then turns off in order to protect your circuit. What follows is the blackout as you know it.

Power Consumption

While thunderstorms are a natural occurrence, blackouts can also happen due to our activities. In particular, if you turn on several high power consuming appliances or use multi-plugs to power many appliances, then the current in your circuit may exceed safety levels. In this situation, the easy step to prevent a blackout would be to take note of the electrical rating for each appliance and to avoid exceeding the accumulated safety value of your circuit.

Wear & Tear

Thirdly, blackouts can also occur in the event whereby your circuit experiences wear and tear over a long period of time. In this situation, the insulation of your wires and power socket gets damaged due to heat produced from your conductors. In turn, it slowly but surely exposes the bare wire to other conductors, thus allowing for a short circuit to occur. Following which is shortly is the blackout.

Regular Inspection

A close inspection of your wires and power sockets should be conducted regularly in order to determine their condition. This will allow you to spot signs of deterioration and give you time to either repair the circuit yourself or engage professional electrical contractors to help.

What to do in a Blackout

When a blackout occurs, after collecting yourself, you should first turn off all power socket switches. Once all power socket switches have been turned off, you will need to make your way over to your home’s circuit breaker. Among the many switches on its board, you should be able to find the largest switch in the “off” position. By switching it back “on”, electricity can now flow in your home’s circuit again.

Before you go back to turning on all appliances, we advise doing so in staggered fashion, turning on one appliance at a time and checking it. This will help you to identify possible individual circuit issues.

Finally, should you be unable to get electricity back in your home or you damage to your circuit breaker, then do contact emergency electrician Singapore services.