In the wake of storms Barney and Clodagh that have ripped through the country in the past few weeks, there are thousands of households who experienced power outages across the country. It is safe to say that most of us will expect a power cut at some stage this winter, if you haven’t had one already.
We have put together a list of handy tips to help you to prepare for a power outage and also some tips for continuing with your life in the midst of a cut. We’ve also received some input from our Facebook followers for this post for the first time – we always welcome your advices and expriences and hope you can continue to contribute to our blog posts!
If Met Eireann is to issue a weather warning in your area, here are a few things that you should do to prepare for an outage:
– Charge your phone! This will be vital during your blackout, not only as a source of entertainment, but will also be essential to make contact to call for help and also to call the ESB to inform them of the outage so that repair work can begin. If you have work you need to do make sure your laptop is charged also. Power up as many gadgets as you can!
– Call your elderly relatives and neighbours. Make sure that they are informed of the possibility of a power outage and that they have a way of getting in touch with someone who can lend them a hand.
– Have a shower – while you can! If you have an electric shower or electric water pumps, you may not be able to get water to your shower. So you better have one just in case it isn’t back in time for work tomorrow morning!
– Bring pets inside. They too will be frightened by high wind speeds and torrential rainfall.
– Keep the fridge door closed. It is important to retain the cold in the event that the power is lost. Use foods that are most likely to go off to make your next meal to prevent excess waste.
– Invest in a gas hob ring. If you don’t have gas rings on the hob of your oven, it might be an idea to invest in a portable gas hob. These are easy to find from most homeware stores and are very handy in cases like these. Never use charcoal or gas barbeques indoors. They give off carbon monoxide, a colourless and odourless gas which can be lethal when inhaled.
– Unplug appliances and turn off lights. Do this so that the circuit is not overloaded when the power is restored. Leave something switched on such as a light or a TV so that you can tell when the electricity has been reconnected.
–Find candles and torches. Get organized now so you’re not in total darkness scrambling to find these things when the power goes out. Keep them in a safe and easily accessible place with some matches (out of reach of children!). Remember that candles can cause fires and should not be left unattended. Also make sure that batteries in torches are working.
-And now we wait! Time to get out the board games and the deck of cards, tell ghost stories, finish that book you’ve been reading and even toast marshmallows over the fire place!
– Liz commented on our Facebook post with a tip of her own! She said to make sure that one of your oven racks fits into your fireplace – and hey presto dinner is served!
Here is a link to the ESB Emergency information page on their website: https://www.esb.ie/esbnetworks/en/safety-environment/power_cut.jsp. It contains contact details for the ESB as well as some further tips for getting updates and information on power cuts and repair progress.