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What should I do in a power cut?

What should I do in a power cut?

In the event of a power cut, if you have a generator from GFE Power Products, it will automatically start to ensure an uninterrupted power supply for your home or business.

With our reliable generators, you can stay powered up even during unexpected outages.

With an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) panel installed alongside your new GFE Power Products generator, you can enjoy seamless power transitions during outages. The ATS panel detects the power cut and automatically starts your generator, ensuring uninterrupted power supply without any manual intervention. Experience peace of mind knowing that your power needs are taken care of effortlessly with GFE Power Products. Learn more about Automatic Transfer switches.

Is there a power cut in my local area?

To find out if there is a power cut in your area, you can try the following steps:

  • Check the Power Company's Website: Many power companies have online outage maps or sections on their websites where they provide information about current outages in various areas. Visit the website of your local power company and look for any outage information.
  • Use Social Media: Power companies often use social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook to update customers about outages. You can follow your power company's social media accounts for real-time updates.
  • Call the Power Company: If you're unable to find information online, you can call your power company's customer service number. They should be able to provide you with information about any power outages in your area.
  • Check with Neighbours: If you suspect there might be a power outage but are unable to confirm through official channels, you can also check with your neighbours to see if they are experiencing a loss of power as well.
  • Use Mobile Apps: Some power companies have mobile apps that provide outage information and allow you to report outages directly from your smartphone.

By using these methods, you should be able to find out if there is a power cut in your area and get updates on when the power is expected to be restored.

Why is there a power cut in my area?

Scheduled power outages may result from essential maintenance by your local distribution network operator, which owns and oversees the power lines to residences and establishments.

In the UK, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) manage and maintain the electricity distribution network in specific regions:

  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN): Parts of Scotland and southern England.
  • Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN): Parts of Scotland and North Wales.
  • Northern Powergrid: North East England and Yorkshire.
  • Electricity North West: North West England.
  • Western Power Distribution (WPD): Midlands, South West England, and South Wales.
  • UK Power Networks: London, the South East, and the East of England.
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks): Northern Ireland.

DNOs own and manage the infrastructure distributing electricity from the national grid to consumers in their respective UK regions.

What should I do in a power cut?

Install a backup generator: GFE Power Products have a range of generators that are perfect to have as a backup source of electricity. From small 10kVA-88kVA diesel generators ideal for powering your home to mid-sized 89-250kVA diesel generators that could power your small business, to 251-550kVA diesel generators that can power your warehouse. We even have 551-1100kVA diesel generators that can keep you off grid as long as you have a constant supply of diesel fuel.

Use backup lighting: Keep torches, candles, and battery-powered lights in an easily accessible place so you can navigate your home safely during a power cut. Be cautious with candles to prevent accidents.

What should I do with my fridge freezer in a power cut? Preserve perishable food: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature and preserve perishable food for longer.

Stay warm or cool: Depending on the season, you may need to stay warm or cool during a power cut. Dress in layers and use blankets to stay warm in colder weather. In warmer weather, open windows for ventilation if safe to do so.

Stay informed: Listen to battery-powered radios for updates on the situation and instructions from local authorities or your electricity provider.

Be prepared: Consider having a power cut kit with essential items such as torches, batteries, candles, matches, bottled water, and non-perishable food items.

Be patient: Power cuts can take some time to resolve, especially during severe weather conditions or widespread outages. Stay patient and wait for updates from your electricity provider.

Help others: Check on elderly neighbours or those who may need assistance during a power cut, especially if the outage lasts for an extended period.

Unplug appliances: Unplug electronic devices and appliances to protect them from potential power surges when the electricity is restored.

What are surge protection plugs?

Surge protection plugs, also known as surge protectors or surge suppressors, are devices designed to protect electronic devices and appliances from voltage spikes or surges in electrical power. These voltage spikes can occur due to lightning strikes, power grid fluctuations, or sudden electrical disturbances.

Surge protection plugs work by diverting excess voltage away from the connected devices, thereby preventing damage to them. They typically contain metal oxide varistors (MOVs) or gas discharge tubes that absorb the excess voltage and redirect it to the ground, keeping the voltage supplied to the devices within safe limits.

Surge protection plugs come in various forms, including power strips, wall outlets, and standalone devices. They often feature multiple outlets, allowing users to connect several devices simultaneously while providing surge protection to all of them.

It's important to note that surge protection plugs have a limited lifespan and effectiveness. Over time, the components that absorb the excess voltage can degrade, reducing the surge protection capabilities of the device. Therefore, it's recommended to replace surge protectors periodically, especially after they have experienced significant power surges or spikes.

Experience uninterrupted power with our top-of-the-line generators, built for reliability and durability. Trust GFE Power Products for your generator needs and stay powered up whenever and wherever you need it.

Contact GFE Power Products now:

Phone: +44 (0)1386 335007