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Power for your Christmas pud

The snow is snowing and the wind is blowing but he can weather the storm – and while you are tucking into your turkey dinner, Dean Martin will be working hard to keep the power on whatever the conditions.

From Press releases - 17 December 2013 12:00 AM

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The snow is snowing and the wind is blowing but he can weather the storm – and while you are tucking into your turkey dinner, Dean Martin will be working hard to keep the power on whatever the conditions.

The UK Power Networks employee is one of the team who will be on standby round the clock to ensure the day goes without a hitch.

Dean covers central and coastal Sussex and will be on duty on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. He will then be on standby on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Dean, 57, who is based in Crawley, is the first to be called out if the power goes off.  He said: “I’ve worked for the company for 34 years and I’ve been doing this job for the past ten so I’m used to working over Christmas and I’m used to being called out at all hours.

“Customers are usually very happy to see you, especially if they have a house full of relatives. I remember one year I was called to a stately home and they must have had about 60 people there and no power – they were well pleased when I arrived to fix it.”

Dean has been offered all sorts of Christmas cheer from grateful customers but while he might accept a mince pie, he draws the line at breaking into song like his namesake who was renowned for festive songs such as I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.

He said: “I can’t sing anyway and a lot of customers are too young to know who Dean Martin is.”

Dean lives with his wife Lorraine in Turners Hill and traditionally they have both their mothers to stay for three days at Christmas. Dean said: “Lorraine takes my job in her stride. I’m working early on Christmas Day so hopefully I will spend some time at home. One year I was out all night but it’s all part of the job.”

UK Power Networks is committed to providing customers with a safe and reliable electricity supply. The electricity network is built to be resilient but faults can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which are beyond the company’s control. Whenever there is a breakdown, staff work to restore power as quickly as possible.


If your power goes off:
• Let UK Power Networks know on 0800 7838866
• You can text the word “power” and their postcode to 80876 to receive text updates about progress
• Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment
• Keep fridges and freezers closed as they will stay cold for many hours
• Leave one light switched on so you know when the power returns
• Keep warm by staying in one room and wearing several layers of clothing
• Limit the use of your laptop or smart phone to retain battery power or keep a spare battery charged
• Follow us on twitter @UKPowerNetworks. We are there 24 hours a day to keep you updated
• Keep an eye on elderly or ill neighbours in case they need help
• Never leave candles burning or heating appliances switched on in unoccupied rooms.

After the power cut:
• Check your circuit breaker
• If there has been a storm or emergency, stay away from fallen power lines, flooded areas and debris
• If using your own generator, ensure you follow safe operating procedures. Never run it inside your home.