A comprehensive power cut preparation guide to all of the things you might need during an extended power outage.
With storms Malik and Corrie currently sweeping the UK, many homes across the nation are set to be without power for as long as multiple days in some areas. But how can you prepare? Don’t be left in the dark: we’ve put together a list of things you’ll need to get by without power.
Before the storm
- Fill up your car – You can use your car to charge your phone, listen to the radio, or get where you need to go in a pinch. You won’t be able to fill up your car after a power-cut, so make sure you do it beforehand.
- Have a car charger for your phone
- Make sure you know where your torches and batteries are
- Have a battery operated radio at home – If you don’t have a radio, one in the car works great, but having one in the home means you can save your car’s A radio can keep you entertained and updated on the conditions of the power and the weather.
- Stock up on water and non-perishable food. Make sure you have a manual can opener
- Buy paper plates and utensils
- Have a battery operated clock on hand
- Have a cooler/freezer bag ready to store food that may go off in the fridge
- Have blankets ready for the cold, especially as the power-cuts come at this colder time of year
When the power is out
- Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible – By keeping your fridge and freezer door closed, any food left in there can be kept cold for at least four hours. After that, transfer food to the cooler/freezer bag you have at the ready.
- Monitor candles closely – We recommend that you steer clear of candles and stick to only using torches. If you do choose to use them, be sure you don’t ever leave them burning overnight. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate an already difficult situation with a house fire.
- If you have a generator, be sure to use it correctly and beware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use
- Turn off and unplug all appliances and lights – This will prevent circuits being blown when the power comes back on. However, you may want to leave one light switch on so that you will know when power is on.
- Do not use a cooker with an external source like a grill indoors – As was the case for using candles, you don’t want to be creating hazards by using a grill in an indoor space like the home or garage.
- Find fun ways to pass the time – Play board games and check on your neighbours. Above all be patient and careful.
Should the worst happen, and your property becomes damaged as a result of storms Malik and Corrie, we will be there to help. Our ServiceMaster Restore operatives are equipped repair damage to your home from flooding, fire, and other types of home trauma.
If you are left struggling and unsure of what to after a serious incident, rest assured that we do. To get in touch, or learn more about our services, click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore business, or give us a call on our 24-hour line by dialling 0845 762 6828.
Credit: Tom Page, Digital Content Writer – ServiceMaster