These days, we are heavily reliant on electricity. We use it all day, every day, often without giving it a second thought. It only becomes apparent how dependent we are when there’s a power cut. A sudden outage can leave us wondering how people survived without electricity, and it can make modern life much more difficult. If you’re keen to avoid widespread chaos if the lights go out, here are some essentials items to have in a power cut.
Top 3 items to have in a power cut
Often, power outages come out of the blue, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Here are the top 3 items to have in a power cut:
- Food and water: power cuts often mean that the weather is dreadful, so it pays to have your cupboards well-stocked. If you’re snowed in or your house is being bombarded by storms, the last thing you want is to be faced with a hazardous trip to the shop to get some food. Make sure you have items in the pantry that you can eat without cooking, such as loaves of bread, crackers and cereal bars. If you’ve got a camping stove lying around, you may be able to stretch to simple meals like beans or scrambled egg.
- Torches and candles: if you’ve got no light, there’s a high risk of accidents like slips and trips and falls down the stairs, so having a torch or some candles to hand can prove incredibly useful. You can use a torch to get around the house safely, and it can also help to keep you entertained if you want to read a book or a magazine to pass the time, for example.
- Batteries: sometimes, appliances like radios can be powered by batteries as well as mains electricity. Stocking up on batteries may keep you entertained, and it’ll also ensure that you can keep your torches on for as long as you need.
Power cut injuries
The most common types of power cut accidents are slips, trips and falls. Other injuries that may be sustained include burns, which result from using lanterns or candles, and injuries or illnesses that may get worse as a result of being unable to use medical equipment. If you’ve been injured during a power cut and you’d like to make a compensation claim for power cut accident injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice