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I depend on electrical medical equipment, what should I do during a power cut?

If you or a relative are reliant on necessary medical or other electrical equipment, please read this advice on what to do during a power cut.

  • Stair Lifts - If your stair lift is mains operated, it will stop during a power cut. Check now to see if there is a manual release handle that can be used to return the lift safely to ground level if it stops halfway between floors. Some stair lifts have battery back up power and this will keep the lift working if there's a power cut. If your lift doesn't have this, it may be possible to have it fitted. Contact your lift manufacturer or supplier for more information. 
  • Medical equipment - If you have a medical condition, or rely on medical equipment which would be severely affected by a power cut then please discuss your concerns and needs with your carer, district nurse, doctor or social worker etc. They may be able to give you a personal emergency plan, so you know what to do during a power cut.
  • Bath hoists - Most modern bath hoists have a fully-sealed rechargeable battery pack, so you should be fine during a power cut. It’s worth checking with the manufacturer.

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