Many people live in areas that are prone to power outages and will therefore be more than prepared in the eventuality that their power does shut off, usually due to harsh weather conditions.
But in recent years, we have seen more of a prevalence of planned power outages in the UK and this has led many people to ask what is the best way for you to prepare for a planned power outage.
These kinds of power cuts will often affect people who have never experienced such a thing so may need some support or guidance on what they should do before the date of the planned outage to ensure that they are fully prepared for it.
Throughout this blog post, we are going to be discussing some of the key essentials that you should gather and have ready in the event of a coming planned power outage.
Why Would a Power Outage Be Planned?
The first thing you may be wondering is why would there be an event in which the power needs to be cut. Why is this the only option?
This can be for a number of reasons, however the most common is that councils and power companies may need to shut off the power in your area because of some harsh weather that is headed your way.
Shutting off the power before the event can mean that the members of your household are safer and are less likely to come under harm from electrical faults.
Sometimes, these same people may just need to turn the power off in your area in order to carry out some maintenance checks and keep their mechanics and technicians safe while doing so.
Ways You Can Prepare
When it comes to preparing yourself for a planned power outage, there are plenty of different ways you can do so.
You will need to make sure that you have the essentials ready for when the power does shut off, such as torches and phones in order to keep yourself in the loop on what is happening and when you can expect your power back.
Continue reading to find out some of our tips on what you should do in the event of a planned power outage.
Battery Powered Torches
As we briefly mentioned earlier, one of the most important things that you will need to remember is to have light in your home in the form of battery-powered torches.
Something that you should note is that it is advised not to use burning candles due to the fire hazard that they present especially in an otherwise completely darkened environment.
When using torches you can keep your home illuminated while your power is out, it will be important for you to be able to see where you’re going and what you’re doing while this is going on.
Keep Your Mobile Phone Charged
One of the most important things that you can do when preparing for a power outage is to ensure that your mobile phone is charged and will stay so throughout as much of the outage as possible.
This is one of your greatest outlets for entertainment and emergency contacting making it a vitally important asset for you to have at your disposal.
With your phone, you can keep updated on the power situation in your area and when you can expect the power to be returned to working condition.
You can also call the emergency helpline 105 which will put you though to your local emergency power operator who can give you the next steps on what you should do while there is no power.
Our number one recommendation for how you can keep yourself prepared in the event of a power outage is to purchase or hire an emergency backup generator in order to keep your home in perfect working condition without being affected by any power cuts.
Power generators are a great way for you to completely bypass any worries you may have about the coming power outage as you can rest assured that your power generator will be able to get you and your family through this time.
Generators come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and fuel types ranging from petrol and diesel to solar and gas power all providing their own individual sets of advantages.
For example, diesel generators will be able to provide you with a great amount of power output and do so for a very long time whereas solar generators provide completely clean energy that is amazing for the environment.
At Pleavin Power, we specialise in diesel generators specifically and are more than happy to provide anyone in the UK with hired or purchased generators.
One of the many types of generator that you can choose to hire is a standby generator which will automatically turn on when the power in your home turns off so you will not need to start it up yourself.
This provides many great advantages as it reduces the number of potential errors that you may make when trying to turn it on and removes any effort required to turn it on like a normal generator.
Another type of generator that you can choose is a portable generator, this is a typical backup generator but on a much smaller scale allowing you to safely store it without any worries about your generator taking up too much space.
To conclude, there are many different ways that you can prepare yourself for a planned power outage no matter how long it will take.
At Pleavin Power, we specialise in delivering services for generator maintenance and repairs to out clients all across the UK, if you would like to speak to a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 0151 832 5007 and we will be happy to help.
Jack is the owner of Pleavin Power which was founded in 2017. He has worked in the power industry for over a decade and has an extreme focus on providing a quality service to clients across the UK. This has led Pleavin Power to becoming the market leader in the Critical, Prime & Standby Power markets.