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How to Cope in a Blackout

There could come a time at some point in your life when your home has a power cut and you’ll wonder what to do. Your mains power might go down for instance and you’ll be plunged into darkness with no idea of when the power will be restored. If this happens you need to be prepared and have a plan in place.

Read this blog for tips on what to do in an emergency so you’re not caught short when the unthinkable happens.

Dig out torches and candles

Okay, you need light at night so torches and candles are going to be your best bet if you are suddenly plunged into darkness. Keep the candles somewhere safe but within easy reach and you’ll need matches or a lighter to set the wick on fire. Torches will need batteries so it’s a good idea to make sure you have a stockpile just in case. Don’t get caught short, keep these items in a cupboard and at least you’ll be able to find your way around.

Think about back-up power

If the blackout is a temporary thing this might not be a problem, just ride it out and wait for the mains power to come back on. Say you are going to be without power for quite some time though, how can you cope for longer periods of time? An emergency power supply could be useful like a generator for example, you can hire them from companies like ourselves. Hire a generator for as long as you need and when the power is back on simply off-hire it again.

Keep yourself amused

Back in the 1970s power outages were common place and people had to make their own type of entertainment. I know it seems hard to live without multi-channel televisions, the internet, tablets and mobile phones but if the power is down and your device’s batteries are dead, you haven’t got much choice. Read a book, flip through your back copies of magazines, play cards or board games to keep yourself amused. It might be fun to live through a blackout and rediscover what it’s like to talk to other members of the household for a change!