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 

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.