Brits urged to be winter ready as research reveals public is not prepared

9.5 million people across Great Britain admit they don’t carry out basic winter preparations as the colder weather rolls in. The figures have been released by the country’s electricity and gas networks, which aims to help the public be better-prepared if they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter.

The survey found that 59% of people think the reliability of the gas and electricity networks means they don’t have to prepare for winter as much as they used to. Over half (52%) don’t keep a torch in their house in case of a power cut, and over 70% (71%) don’t take steps to get their boiler serviced in advance of winter. Furthermore, over 70% (72%) don’t know who their local gas or electricity network operators are, with only 21% saying they prepare themselves for winter by finding out who to contact if their gas or electricity goes off.

The energy networks are calling on the public to follow these three steps to Be Winter Ready:

  • Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

For more information visit Energy Networks Association and search for ‘Be Winter Ready’ or read their Cold Winter Plan.