WITH Storm Dennis bearing down on north Shropshire, energy providers SP Energy Network have issued advice on what to do in a power cut.

Flooding on roads can make it difficult for SP Energy Networks engineers to reach faults in the network, therefore it is important for residents to be prepared.

The top tips for being prepared in the event of a power outage are:

• Have the national 105 emergency helpline on hand – it is best to keep this on the fridge or saved in the contacts on your mobile phone.

• Store a battery powered torch – leave this somewhere you can access easily so you can use the torch to check on the fuse box and make your way around the house safely.

• Beware of fallen powerlines – power lines may have fallen because of high winds so beware of this when venturing out of your home.

• Keep your mobile charged – having your mobile phone charged means that you can call the national 105 emergency helpline. Alternatively, if your mobile is out of battery or signal, it's worth having an analogue phone as this doesn't run off the main electricity supply.

• Join the free Priority Services Register – if electricity is crucial to your health (for instance, if you use medical equipment at home) or you have a child aged five or under, or you just feel you need a little extra help, ask to be included on SP Energy Networks' Priority Services Register by calling 0330 1010 167 or text PSR to 61999.

Stephen Stewart, Director at SP Energy Networks' for North Shropshire, said it is important to be prepared in the event of a power cut.

"Power cuts are rare but during storms they become more likely and the weather can also make it difficult for our engineers who are working to fix any issues that may arise," said Stephen.

"Therefore, with Storm Dennis forecast, it's important our customers in north Shropshire are fully prepared for a power cut, just in case.

"Our team of engineers have been working hard to increase the resilience of the network.

"We do however, have a team of engineers on hand 24/7 who will come out to your area in the event of any power outages caused by the extreme weather.

"You can report any power cuts to us by calling the national emergency 105 helpline."

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

In the event of a power cut call the new national 105 emergency helpline.