Chances of a power cut are very high, especially during winter. In this post, we’ll show you what to check, who to call and when to call a knowledgeable electrician
Here is what to do if there is a power cut in your area.
Make sure it is actually a power cut. If there is no power in your house, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a power cut.
You need to make sure the power in your area is gone and not just your house.
Check the streetlights. If they are not working, it could mean there is a power cut which is out of your control. Another thing you can do is check with your neighbour.
You might be tempted to call 105 and report the power cut as soon as the lights go off.
But you might be able to bring back the power by looking at a few small things if only a part of your house is without power or the problem has affected a few electric appliances.
Did the power go off while you were using electric appliances like a hairdryer, oven, heater etc?
Switch tripping might be a reason why there is no power in your house. In that case, just resetting the fuse is enough to bring back the power.
Breakers are a safety feature that prevents excessive electric current flow. Take a look at your fuse box and simply flip the switches back on. After the switches are turned on, if the breaker keeps tripping before plugging in any electrical appliances, then the breaker will have to be replaced.
This could happen because of faulty wiring. Call a qualified electrician to fix the problem.
How to report a power cut?
To report a power cut, you need to get in touch with your network distributor. If you do not have their contact information already, use the postcode searcher of Energy Network Association – www.energynetworks.org.
They will able to provide you information on how long it is going to last and other details about the power cut.
National Grid website provides information on latest power cuts. You can check out their website for news about your area.
What to do during a power cut?
There is no need to panic as the power usually comes back within a few hours.
- A power outage may be due to power lines getting damaged because of bad weather. Stay clear of downed power lines. They can seriously hurt you if they are still energized.
- Turn off all electric equipment, tools, and appliances so that they may not be damaged due to power surge once the power is restored.
- Food will remain frozen up to 24-36 hours if the refrigerator and freezer doors are kept closed. Remember to use perishable food at first.
How to prepare for a power cut?
- Buy flashlights. Do not use candles as there is a risk of causing a fire.
- Assemble a first aid kit.
- Buy a battery radio. Do not forget to buy extra batteries.
- Keep some blankets and thick clothes ready in case the temperature goes very low.
We hope our information on what to do in the event of a power cut was resourceful.
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