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

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