Safety tips for Lanarkshire residents in the event of a power outage caused by high winds

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SP Energy Networks has issued safety tips to help Lanarkshire residents stay safe in the event of a power outage caused by high winds forecast this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from today through Monday, with strong winds of over 70 mph expected to cause traffic delays and cancellations of transportation services, with the possibility of supplies being affected as well. power and mobile phone coverage.

SP Energy Networks says it has been working hard to improve the resiliency of power grids during extreme weather conditions to help reduce the chance of power loss and always responds to any issues as quickly as possible.

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However, in the case of road closures caused by high winds, he says it can be more difficult for engineers to quickly reach faults in the network, so residents of affected areas are encouraged to prepare.

Craig Arthur, SP Distribution Director for Central and South Scotland, said: “Due to the potential for damage to our power lines, power outages are more likely in high winds and it is important that our customers are fully prepared, so if anything

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“Our engineering teams are available 24/7 and will get to your area as quickly as possible in the event of a power outage, so the sooner we know about a power outage, the faster we can start work to restore power. . You can report any power outage to us by calling the national emergency helpline on 105; don’t assume we already know.”

Craig’s top tips for being prepared in the event of a power outage are:

· Keep the 105 National Emergency Helpline handy: it is best to keep it in the fridge or saved in the contacts of your mobile phone.

· Keep a battery or string flashlight – Leave this in a place you can easily access so you can use the flashlight to check the fuse box and move around the house safely.

· Watch out for downed power lines – Power lines may have been down due to high winds, so watch out for this when venturing outside your home.

· Keep your mobile charged – having your mobile phone charged means you can call us on the national 105 emergency helpline. It’s also worth having an analogue phone as it doesn’t run out of mains power.

· Join the free registration of priority services: if electricity is crucial to your health (for example, if you use medical equipment at home) or if you have a child five years old or younger, or if you just feel like you need a little extra help, apply to be included in SP priority EnergyNetworks. Services Sign up by calling 0330 1010 167 or text PSR to 61999.

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For more information on what to do in the event of an electrical emergency, visit spenergynetworks.co.uk.

In the event of a power outage, call the national emergency telephone number 105.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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