Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK’s energy networks companies, has issued safety advice ahead of the arrival of Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.
The storms, which have triggered yellow and amber weather warnings, could result in disruption to transport and utilities, according to the Met Office.
The UK‘s energy network companies have been preparing, including reviewing staffing levels, putting helicopters on standby to assess potential damage, contacting customers who may need extra help in a power cut, and moving teams to strategic locations.
Safety advice issued
While the energy networks are very resilient and built to withstand severe weather, during a storm, objects like trees, branches and other debris can be blown around by the wind and cause damage which leads to power cuts.
It is very important that if you see a fallen power line or other damaged infrastructure to:
- Keep as far away from the hazard as possible.
- Keep other people as far away from the hazard as possible, but don't put yourself in danger.
- Contact your network operator immediately. In Great Britain, call 105. In Northern Ireland, call 03457 643643.
If there is an immediate risk to life or someone is in danger, dial 999.
You can also take some simple steps to prepare for bad weather:
- Keep a mobile phone fully charged
- Power Cut? Call 105 free to report it in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, call 03457 643643
- Keep a torch handy in case you are without power during the night
- Check on vulnerable friends, family and neighbours and make sure they're prepared too
Ross Easton, Director at Energy Networks Association, said:
"It’s really important to stay safe when bad weather hits. If you come across fallen power lines or damage to the electricity network, stay well clear and call 105 for free to report it. If there is an immediate risk to life or someone is in danger, dial 999."
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.