Power cuts are one of those annoying things that happen from time to time, but what should you be doing to make sure you are prepared and what should you do during a power cut? Here are a few things to remember…
Make sure that you have a power cut ready kit. Keep it in a place that you will be able to get to easily in the dark. A torch and spare batteries, as well as a battery-operated radio are all handy to keep for a power cut. You can also keep a diesel generator to give you some power to your home – places such as Gener-g can supply you with one of these.
Check your Home – Before you assume you are having a power cut, check your fuse box to make sure none of the switches have tripped, or that you haven’t run out of credit on your electricity meter if you have one of these.
Go around your home and switch off the plug sockets that have things plugged into them at the mains. A power surge can happen when the power comes back on, so making sure that your sockets are all off is good safety practice. Leave one light switch on so you can see when mains power has been restored.
Keep an eye on the rest of your area, particularly if you have vulnerable neighbours. They may need some assistance or be worried being at home alone in the dark.