Unfortunately, you can never predict when a power cut will strike. Sometimes, a problem at the energy supplier will cause the entire grid to shut down.
In other cases, a natural disaster or inclement weather may damage the power cables.
Sometimes, it’s a problem located specifically within your home. Whatever the cause, it pays to be prepared! Take every precaution to plan and embrace the power outage.
If you’re not prepared for your first power cut, you can bet you’ll see sense next time around! There’s nothing worse than hunting around in the dark for all the things you need. Not only is this difficult, but it’s also dangerous. When you’ve got children in the house, they can easily hurt themselves. Remember power cuts can cause serious problems for your property. That’s why it’s so important to make a plan, stick to it, and prepare your home. It doesn’t take long to put it all together. Start by reading this post, and then take action.
Locate the circuit breakers and fuse box
Often, the problem is located right there in your home. All it takes is a small surge of power to trip the entire system. It will cut the circuits for safety, and all the power will disappear. With that in mind, your first job is finding the circuit breakers or fuse box. If you’re lucky, you’ll simply flick the switch, and the power is restored. Of course, it’s not always that easy. If it’s a wider problem across the grid, you’ll have to wait for the energy company to sort the problem.
Keep the energy company contact details handy
The worst part about a power cut is being left in the dark! Both literally and metaphorically. You just never know what has happened, and when it will be fixed. That’s why we always keep the energy company’s contact details in a safe place. It means we can quickly call them, and get a status update. Sometimes it helps to know that someone is working on the problem, and helping to get your neighbourhood back online. Call them quickly or you might find yourself stuck in a queue.
Make an emergency pack
Every family should have a well-stocked emergency pack. It’s perfect for any problem around the house, but particularly for power cuts. Your single most important item is a flashlight. You’ll need something to shine a light, so you can see what you’re doing. It’s also worth keeping some candles in there, so you can set up a little area for the family. As for the other items, a first-aid kit is essential, just in case there are any accidents in the dark. We also suggest keeping plenty of spare batteries for the torch. A pack of cards always helps pass the time as well!
Generator and emergency lights
The best-equipped homes have a backup generator and emergency lights. These will give you a little bit of power to help you out. It will be enough to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. It will also give you some safety lights. Just don’t forget the emergency light batteries!
Follow this advice, and you’re ready for anything!