Winds of up to 90 mph from Hurricanes Dudley and Younes are blowing in parts of the UK this week, with severe weather warnings from the Met Office, and “life threatening” in some areas.
As the storm tested with the country earlier this year, many households could face power cuts again, experts are suggesting ways in which we can prepare for them and Can protect
Find out if you have had a power outage in the following ways:
Call 105 to find out about power outages in your area, or look for other warning signs outside your home that indicate a problem:
Check if the streetlights are on – if not, it’s likely because the local power is off, not just your home.
Check that everything is off, and not just lights or appliances – if so, this could be one of your trip switches.
Check that your prepayment meter credit has not expired.
Check with the neighbor to see if they have electricity.
Once you have determined if the problem is inside or outside your home, you can contact your network distributor, who will be able to provide updates.
What to do when the power goes out:
Fortunately, power outages often do not last long. However, in the case of severe storms such as the recent hurricane Malik, you may be left without electricity for a long time.
If so, here are some things you can do:
Calm down – your distributor will have to work with people to get your power back as soon as it is safe for them to do so.
If it is safe to do so, turn off the electrical appliances on the plug – sometimes, when the network is recovering, the electricity can run very high.
Keep an eye on your frozen food – if something is defrosted it may not be safe to freeze. Food can usually be kept in the freezer for 15-24 hours if you can avoid opening it. For the refrigerator, it is about 4-6 hours.
Put your phone in low power mode, remove all apps running in the background and reduce the brightness. Use if you have access to a car charger.
If you can, leave the light on, so you know when your power will be on.
Wrap as hot as possible, especially if the power goes off in the evening.
For bad weather, if your power goes off for more than 24 hours, you are entitled to 70 compensation. For storms over 48 hours, you will receive an additional £ 70 for every 12 hours you have no electricity, up to £ 700.
If you are experiencing bad weather and you know there is a possibility of a power outage, there are several ways you can prepare:
Make sure you have a flashlight in your hand, as candles can be a fire hazard.
Buy a portable battery pack for your phone and keep charging.
Make some blankets and thick clothes if you need to keep warm.
Make sure you have enough food and drink that does not require electricity to heat.
If you medically rely on something that requires battery power, be sure to talk to your doctor about a possible backup plan.
You can also join the Preferred Service Register, which will tell your supplier about your medical needs in the event of a power outage.
Have a plug-in telephone that doesn’t need electricity – as most cordless will go down in the event of a power outage.