What to do in a power cut

We seem to have escaped the brunt of Storm Desmond, but here are some tips for what to do in a power cut:

  • turn off electrical appliances at the socket (this is particularly important for heating or cooking appliances as your power could be restored at any time and potentially cause a safety hazard)
  • keep one light switched on so you know when power is restored
  • keep a battery or wind-up torch handy – they’re much safer than candles
  • bookmark Northern Powergrid’s online power cut reporting service on your mobile devices www.northernpowergrid.com/power-cuts
  • have a charged mobile phone with important numbers, including Northern Powergrid’s contact details, easily accessible.
  • check on your elderly or sick neighbours and relatives
  • ensure you have warm clothing and blankets handy and some food and drink in your home that does not require electricity to heat or prepare it
  • only call 999 in the event of an emergency.