ELECTRICITY provider SP Energy Networks has shared safety advice with Cheshire residents in the event of a power cut.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for very strong winds in the area from 3am to 6pm tomorrow, Thursday.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected, which may cause disruption to transport links and could cause injury due to flying debris.

AP Energy Networks has been working vigilantly in Cheshire throughout the winter to help reduce the chance of power cuts and to ensure that residents know what to do if it happens.

“Even though power cuts are rare for most people, they become more likely during extreme weather,” said the company’s distribution director Stephen Stewart.

“It is important that our customers have the knowledge to be best prepared for this outcome.

“We have a team of engineers on hand 24/7 who will come out to your area in the event of high winds and fix power outages, but the sooner we know about it the better.

“You can report any power outages to us by calling the new national emergency helpline 105.”

SP Energy Networks has also issued the following top tips in the event of a power cut:

  • Have the national 105 emergency helpline close to hand - it’s best to keep this on the fridge or saved in the contacts on your mobile phone.
  • Beware of fallen power lines when venturing out of your home.
  • Store a battery powered torch somewhere you can access easily so that you can check on the fuse box and make your way around the house safely.
  • Make sure you unplug electrical appliances such as your TV, laptop, heaters, electric fires and cookers, as you may forget about them when power is restored.
  • Join the Priority Services Register – if electricity is crucial to your health (for instance, if you use medical equipment at home), you are over 60, or you have a child aged five or under, ask to be included on SP Energy Networks’ Priority Services Register by calling 0330 1010 167 or text ‘PSR’ to 61999. If your power is off, we can make sure you are supported if you need a little extra help. Visit www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/PSR for more information.