While emergency power cuts are unlikely in winter, if they do happen, you may typically lose power for around three hours, once a day. However, depending on the severity of the scenario, power may be interrupted several times during the event. Please see here for more information about how you can prepare.
Please note that Priority Services Register customers will also lose power in an emergency power cut. As disconnections happen at the substation, it’s impossible to exclude individual domestic properties.
If you rely on electricity to power medical equipment and are unsure what would happen to it in a power cut, you should speak to your healthcare provider now.
You should also ensure your equipment and back up systems have been recently serviced and tested by the organisation which supplied it. Make sure you know how long your back up supply will work for and test the back up plan you have in place.
To create a personal back up plan, please speak to your GP or the NHS. Network operators like us can’t do this for you.
Please note that a power cut also means your gas boiler, heat pump, broadband and home phone will not work. Mobile phone services will also be extremely limited and might drop out entirely.