You will be given 24 hours' notice of any power cut.. Use this time to prepare. following the recommendations of Federal Crisis Centre.
BEFORE THE POWER CUT
- Unplug your electrical appliances to avoid an electric overload when the electricity supply is restored;
- Charge your mobile phone (but bear in mind that a power failure may disrupt mobile and landline telephone networks);
- Notify any vulnerable neighbours, friends and family, and advise them to take the same precautions.
DURING THE POWER CUT
- Switch off sensitive electrical devices (TV, computer) and unplug them to avoid an electric overload when power is restored;
- Set the thermostat of your boiler to minimum to avoid an electric overload on restarting;
- Keep one item switched on so that you'll know when the power has been restored.
- Travel as little as possible; traffic lights may not be in operation and cause traffic problems;
- Shut the doors and windows to maintain room temperatures;
- Listen to the radio (battery-powered or wind-up radio, or in your car) for the latest news and recommendations from the authorities;
- Use torches instead of candles. If you do decide to use candles, put them in candle holders on fire-proof surfaces. Never leave candles unattended;
- Don't open your fridge or freezer unless you have to. A fully stocked freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door is kept shut;
- Avoid using the telephone so as not to overload the network and hamper the work of the emergency services. In case of danger, dial 112.
- Avoid using your mobile phone. If you really need to contact anyone, send a text message instead.
AFTER THE POWER CUT
To avoid any risk of further cuts:
- Do not switch on all your electrical appliances at the same time. Give the electrical system the time to stabilise;