Power cuts

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Severe weather can mean power cuts and possibly loss of other services - gas or water - over a wide area.

  1. Keep a small emergency pack and know where to find it - even in the dark.
  2. Keep in it a torch, radio (with batteries), candles and matches.
  3. Watch out for fire risks if you have to use the candles.
  4. You may need to switch off supplies at the main - if you don't know how to, check with gas, electricity and water authorities now.
  5. Keep warm by wearing several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm. Consider wearing a hat and gloves and cover yourself with a blanket or shawl if you are sitting for long periods. Try to put your feet up too! The air is colder near the floor.
  6. If you need the police, fire or ambulance services, dial 999 and give the operator your number so that you can be traced if the line is cut.

    In a critical period do not ring the police as an information service as they will probably not have the capacity to answer your call – tune in to the Local Radio Station.
  7. If anyone is seriously injured, you will obviously need the Ambulance Service but you may be able to deal with minor injuries yourself if you have some knowledge of first aid.