Power cuts plunged thousands of households across Kent into darkness earlier this morning.
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The Met Office has some helpful advice on how to prepare for — and handle — a power cut.
It is wise, they said, to keep a supply of torches and batteries to hand in the event of an emergency, and to ensure that you keep your mobile phone charged so that you can still make calls, in an emergency situation, should the power supply fail.
The Met Office added: “If electricity is crucial for any medical equipment you have, please contact your distribution network operator […] as they may be able to put you on their priority register for assistance during any power outage.”
In the event that a blackout strikes, they continued, it is best to keep fridges and freezers closed — so they remain cold — look out for any elderly or vulnerable neighbors, and switch off appliances like irons, ovens, electric fires, etc. so that they don’t pose a potential hazard when the power is restored.