Electrical Tips

What to do when your power trips

When the power cuts out in your home it can be a very frustrating and inconvenient time. In the event of a complete blackout there’s not much you can do but sit and wait until the power authority restores power.  To help cope in these times here’s some things to consider.

Keeping Warm

  • Multiple layers of clothing will trap body heat more efficiently than one bulky layer
  • Wear a hat as the body loses heat through the scalp
  • Close doors, windows and blinds to maintain heat
  • Use a wood heater if you have one, but ensure that it is not left unattended and is extinguished before going to bed.

Preparing Food

  • Cook foods outside on the barbecue
  • Never use a barbeque inside a home, tent or caravan
  • Use foods that don’t require cooking, such as vegetables, tinned meats, bread and breakfast cereals.


  • Torches are much safer sources of light than candles. Make sure you have a good stock of batteries
  • If you must use candles, make sure they are on a secure base, do not leave them unattended or in places where they can fall or set alight flammable items. Keep them away from draughts and children
  • Be aware of fire hazards – keep candles away from curtains and other flammable objects
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

General Suggestions

  • Switch off all electrical appliances, especially those that have heating elements
  • Unplug “surge-sensitive’ equipment, such as computers
  • Keep one light switch turned on so you know when the power returns
  • Turn on a battery-operated radio and listen to a local radio station for information.

Helping Your Neighbours

Check on your neighbours to see if they need assistance, particularly if they are:

  • Older people living at home by themselves
  • People with physical or sensory disabilities
  • People with a chronic illness
  • Single parents with young children.
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