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The colder, darker nights are a reminder to people of simple ways to be ready in case of power cuts this winter.

As we get ever closer to the festive period Western Power Distribution have issued simple preparation advice.

  • Know your free emergency number – in a power cut call 105 it’s free and available 24 hours a day.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch and an analogue phone handy (cordless or digital phones don’t work in a power cut). Also have an external battery charging pack available so you can charge smart phones or tablets.
  • Keep your eyes open – take notice of the weather forecast and if you have a power cut check on your neighbours if you think they need assistance.
  • Get extra support – Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Western Power Distribution Priority Services Register (PSR). It’s a free service and anyone who is of pensionable age, disabled, has children under 5 years old or relies on medical equipment is eligible. As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.