Practical advice in the event of power cuts

Much of the convenience we enjoy in our everyday life is based on access to electricity. But power cuts are not all that uncommon. It may feel strange or even really difficult to suddenly have to manage without electricity for one or more days.

It is wise to imagine the situation before the power cut actually occurs.

Before the power is cut

  • Check the contents of your boat, caravan or summer cottage. Some of the things you have there may perhaps be practical to have if a power cut should occur.
  • Have simple food, dry foods and canned foods for about three days available at home.
  • Fill empty PET bottles with water about ¾ full and place them in the freezer. Use them as ice blocks, but they can also be thawed and used as drinking or washing water.
  • Get to know your neighbours. There may be somebody who is old or disabled who could need assistance even in the first hours.

When the power has been cut

First check the fuse box/fuses. If the fuses have not blown, look out of the window to see whether the street lighting and the lighting in surrounding houses has also failed.

  • Tune in on your battery radio. If the power cut is extensive, it will often be announced on the radio.
  • If the power cut lasts for more than three hours, fill saucepans and empty PET bottles with water. The water supply may also be affected by the power cut. If you have your own well, the water supply will stop immediately.
  • Check whether there is anyone in your neighbourhood who could need help.
  • Share with your neighbours the information you have obtained from the radio.