How to prepare for a Power Cut

Power cuts aren’t hugely common in the UK but over the last few years as the British weather appears to become more unpredictable, there have been a far greater number of power cuts caused by freak weather conditions such as hurricanes and flooding.

Whether you live in an at risk area or not, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for every eventuality and get organised now so that you’re prepared in the event of a power cut. If you’re not sure what to do to get ready for the possibility of a loss of power then take a look at these top tips.

1. Make a check list

During a power cut there are certain things that you’ll need to make the experience easier. Take a look at the checklist below to make sure you’ve got all the necessary equipment.

  • Self-powered torches
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Unperishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Emergency contact information

It’s important to have plenty of things on hand to keep you warm, fed and comfortable, but power cuts can get boring so store a cache of games and other entertainment to keep you occupied whilst you wait for power to return.

2. Let there be Light

Gather all your light sources such as candles, torches etc in one place and make sure it will be easy to get to in the dark. You can place luminous stickers onto torches so you can see how to switch them on without light. Place candles in glass pots that are deeper than the candle as this causes reflection which creates more light.

3. Your First Aid Kit

Being thrown into sudden darkness can cause panic which leads to accidents. In addition, it’s always possible for people to fall ill during a power outage so make sure you’ve got a comprehensive first aid kit to hand and if you or any of your family need to take regular medication make sure you know where it is at all times.

4. Who to Contact

If you’re not sure whether the power cut has affected just your home or the whole street then take a look out of the window! If the whole street is dark then it’s probably best to wait rather than contact the power company but if it’s just your home and you can’t remedy the problem then contact your power company immediately. If it is just your house affected then you might need to contact an electrician to have a look at the wiring or fuse box.

5. Go Clockwork

Clockwork powered electrical objects were first used in the Third World where it’s more difficult to find electricity sources, but a clockwork torch or radio can be a godsend in a power cut. You don’t need batteries or electricity for a clockwork torch so when you purchase one you’ll have peace of mind knowing that if the power should fail you won’t be left in the dark.

If you prefer to be prepared for every eventuality then make sure you follow these top tips so that you and your family can prepare for and see out even the most severe of power cuts.