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MP welcomes unsettled weather preparations by UK Power Networks

21st December 2011
MP welcomes unsettled weather preparations by UK Power Networks

Gordon Henderson MP has welcomed preparations by UK Power Networks to deal with unsettled weather during the winter period.

UK Power Networks has made extra staff available to answer telephone calls from constituents, as well as, fix engineering and technical faults.

Constituents who spot overhead power lines which have been brought down in high winds are advised to keep well away and to contact the South East helpline on 0800 783 8866. This telephone number can also be used to report any power cuts in the Sittingbourne and Sheppey area.

Alternatively, constituents who experience a power cut can text ‘Power’ and their postcode to 80876 to confirm where they are and to receive text updates.

UK Power Networks are advising constituents affected by a power cut to check the following:

• If neighbours are also without power and if they have already reported it to us. Turn off electrical equipment, except a light to show when power is restored
• Keep curtains and furniture away from heaters to avoid fires
• Avoid using candles and never leave them in unoccupied rooms
• Cut out draughts by drawing the curtains
• Keep a torch nearby
• Keep warm by staying in one room, or even in bed
• Keep a phone in the house which is not dependent on a power supply
• Street lights may also be off, so take care if you go out
• Keep an eye on elderly, or ill people, living nearby
• Notify us if you are aware of any vulnerable person who may need assistance

Mr Henderson said,

“I understand the effect power cuts can have on my constituents and local businesses, so I welcome the advanced precautions UK Power Networks are implementing to make sure they are well informed and keep safe and warm.

“The winter period can bring some unsettled weather, so I urge my constituents to contact UK Power Networks if required to resolve any issues as soon as possible.”

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