Be across the basics

Be across the basics
  • Keep a torch and batteries or battery-operated LED lights within easy reach 
  • Charge your devices ahead of any planned power cut – 24 hours advance warning will be given of any scheduled outages 
  • Switch to low battery mode if your devices have the option and turn off battery draining apps and settings until power has returned 
  • There can be power surges while your power is not working normally, protect your appliances by switching them off at the socket until everything’s up and running again 
  • But do leave one light on so that you know when the power returns 
  • Make sure you have lots of layers or blankets available 
  • If you have a flask, fill it with boiling water shortly before any planned outage so you have hot water for food and drinks, and fill any hot water bottles too 
  • Your fridge and freezer are designed to keep things cool for a period without power - as long as the doors are kept closed. Minimise door opening if you can and check how long your appliance will keep things cold – it’s usually at least 24 hours 
  • Be very careful with candles and open flames - avoid using these during power cuts because of the risk of fire and these must not be used in any University building, including halls of residence 
  • A battery-operated FM radio is useful for news updates and weather reports 
  • Should you still be working, ensure you ‘save’ regularly in case your device runs out of power  
  • Keep a list of important emergency contacts – including the 105 power cut number  to report any unplanned outages 
  • A non-digital plug-in phone works without electricity 
  • Download SafeZone, a free app for students and staff that connects you to the university security team if you ever need urgent help, first aid or if you have an emergency while on campus

Useful links

For more helpful tips should you lose power click here.

Or for more information on a planned outage in your area click here.