This information is taken from the PowerCut105 website and is the advice given by all network operators.
What should I do during a Power Cut?
- Switch off all electrical appliances that shouldn’t be left unattended, ready for when the power comes back on.
- Leave a light on so you know when the power outage has been resolved.
- Check to see if your neighbours are okay.
- Wrap up warm.
How can I prepare for a Power Cut?
- Keep a torch handy – it’s much safer than using candles.
- Get a battery-powered or wind-up radio (useful for keeping up to date with relevant local news).
- Keep warm – keep a blanket and warm clothing handy, and fill a vacuum flask or hot water bottle.
- Stock your cupboard with food and drink that doesn’t require electricity to prepare it.
- Keep your mobile phone and laptop fully charged.
- Check your network operator's website or social media channels for updates.
Can I use my phone during a Power Cut?
Cordless phones probably won’t work during a power cut. They take their power from the mains and most don’t have battery back-up. Traditional corded phones will work – you might want to keep one handy so you can plug it in and make phone calls if you have a power outage.
In most cases, mobile phones will work if they are charged. If you have a smartphone, you can visit your local network operator’s website or social media channels, where available, to report a power cut and get updates.
For more information on what to do in a power cut, click here