Posted 03.11.2017

Winter is coming. Are you ready?

Be Winter Ready aims to give you all the information you need to prepare for winter – so you’ll know what to do in case you experience a power cut or a gas emergency.

In recent years the chances of problems with electricity and gas supply have dropped dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.

Whilst the UK’s gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption. We are therefore sharing this simple advice to help you prepare:

· Know your free emergency numbers - in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.    

· Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.

· Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

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