A power cut can be scary, particularly if you are home alone. But what can you do about it? Do you run around panicking? Or do you calmly try to figure out how to tackle it? If you’re like me, you’ll probably hope for the latter but more likely do the former.
But don’t worry because we’ve put together this little guide on how to deal with a power cut.
Is it just me?
Have the lights gone out and your appliances stopped working? It’s easy to immediately jump to the conclusion that the problem is within your house. But the issue may be bigger than your home and could lie in the electric grid itself. Look outside your window. Have the streetlights gone out? Does it look like other houses are in the same boat? If so, it’s likely that the problem is a power cut. Ring your electricity provider for clarification and to get an ETA of when the issue will be resolved.
Run out of credit?
If you are on a prepayment metre, make sure you haven’t run out of credit. It’s easy to forget to top up so check your meter.
Has a fuse tripped?
If the problem is in your home, it could be that you have tripped a switch in your fuse box. Look for switches that are in the down position and flick them upwards. If the problem repeats, you may need to ring an electrician.
Preparing for a power cut
There are a few things you can do to be prepared for a power cut.
Firstly, make sure you have a battery-operated torch or candles somewhere in your house. This will allow you to be able to see without lights. It will also let you check your fuse box for tripped switches.
Secondly, have a store of blankets or warm clothing in case the heating fails to work.
Thirdly, with the fridge out of action you may find that you have little in the way of edible food. Have a store of packet, dried, or tinned food on hand in case of emergencies.
What about electric cover?
Electric cover is a great way to give you peace of mind in the event of an emergency. It is generally great value and can take the hassle out of problems.
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