If you, or somebody you care for, relies on power for your continued healthcare, it is helpful to consider what you would do in a power cut.

Power cuts will affect equipment such as stair lifts, bath hoists and adjustable beds. Ensure you have sufficient information about how your equipment works and what to do if there is a disruption in your power supply.

By planning with your cares, you can be prepared for if things go wrong.

Sign up for the Priority Services Register in case of power cuts – this service is FREE and provided by Water and Power suppliers for older and disabled people, or if you depend on electricity to keep medical or mobility equipment running.

More information is also available on the AGE UK website.

The electricity network operators have introduced 105 – to give you an easy-to-remember number to call that will put you through to the local people who can help during a power cut.

Alternatively, you can find the details for all the electricity Distribution Network Operator companies on the Energy Networks Association postcode lookup tool.

For gas emergencies dial  0800 111 999