FOR EMERGENCY POWER FOR ANY HOME
If worried by the possibility of downed power lines like tens of thousands in UK last last winter and you decide to be prepared, all that is needed is a reliable generator sited in an out building or away from the house to avoid noise and fumes..Also a long cable to run from 230volt generator output ending in a normal UK domestic plug, BEWARE THE PINS WILL BE LIVE WHEN RUNNING!, switch off the big mains power switch in the house (so to isolate your home from the wider grid, , plug in cable then start generator, avoid running kettles electric cookers as these will be too big for most generators.always keep a good stock of fuel, storing Diesel is safer. Items like spark plugs fuel filters cost pennies in real terms, so wise always to keep such items in stock 'just in case'. When you consider a simple cheap used Chinese generator can be had for £100 or so and will keep your central heating lights or x2 smaller halogen heaters internet TV all working I see it as being silly not to be prepared, but each to their own.
SKY NEWS 25th March 2013
"Thousands of people in the west of Scotland are spending a fourth night without power after two electricity pylons were toppled by sheets of ice and snow.
Ice has packed onto power lines, causing them to buckle under the weight, and forecasters have warned the wintry weather is set to continue across large parts of the UK.
A Met Office warning stated: "Bitterly cold easterly winds will persist this week, bringing snow showers to north-east England and light snow flurries across other areas of England."
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said 3,300 customers in Kintyre, Argyll, and on the Isle of Arran would remain cut off overnight.
This number is down from 5,000 earlier on Monday as around 400 engineers continue their efforts to restore supplies, it said. "