As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £100bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.
That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.
To Be Winter Ready, you should:
- 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 make sure you get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. See below for more information.
- 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.
The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by Western Power Distribution and is eligible for anyone who is of a pensionable age, disabled, has children under five years old or relies on medical equipment.
As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.
This register can offer peace of mind for vulnerable customers and their families; there are already 1.8 million customers who have registered.
To find out more or to register, call 0800 096 3080 or visit www.westernpower.co.uk/psr