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Safety Advice during a Power Cut

 

  • Turn off electrical equipment, except a light to show when power is restored
  •  Keep curtains and furniture away from heaters to avoid fires
  • Avoid using candles and never leave them in unoccupied rooms
  • Cut out draughts by drawing the curtains
  • Keep a torch nearby
  • Keep warm by staying in one room, or even in bed. Central heating boilers won't work without electricity. If you use another form of heating, use it safely. Never move a bottled gas or oil heater when it is lit.
  • Keep a phone in the house which is not dependent on a power supply.
  • Street lights may also be off, so take care if you go out.
  • Keep an eye on elderly, or ill people, living nearby. If you have a gas cooker, try to make sure they have some hot food or drink, even if it's a flask of water.

 

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