Here's a guide for when the lights go out - let’s keep it brief and to the point.
🏘️Check the neighbours:
This is to make sure it’s a power cut and not an issue with your property’s supply.
If it's just you, have a look at the fuse box for any tripped switches and consider getting an electrician out to you.
If your neighbours are in the dark as well, then give your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) ) a call to confirm if it’s a power shortage, and ask for an ETA of when you’ll get your power back on.
💡It’s a power cut for sure - now what?
Basically it’s damage limitation until the power gets restored.
Switch your appliances off at the plug. You don’t want things like irons or electric fires coming on unexpectedly. Turning things off also protects your appliances from power surges.
Try and keep your fridge and freezer shut as much as possible. It’ll maintain its temperature for hours if you do! If you have ice, get it into a cool box and get your diary items in it.
Use a torch instead of a candle if you have one - it's much safer. If candles are the only option, place them on a firm surface, away from children and always attended.
Look out for vulnerable neighbours who might need a helping hand. It will only take a few minutes to check they’re ok.
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the downtime. Who knows, maybe you could even reach for the monopoly set!