So you’re sat at home watching a movie with the kids when all of a sudden the lights go out. Cue screaming, tears and panic from your little ones, and a whole lot of stress for you. There’s nothing more stressful than when something goes wrong with your home, and you can’t work out what’s caused it or how to fix it. The lights going out, however, has to be one of the worst home problems because it can leave your kids upset and scared. Once you’ve dotted tea lights around the room – out of reach of little hands, and given out torches, the next step is to find out what’s going on.
Is it a power cut?
The most common cause of the lights going out in your home is a power cut, obviously, this would also cause all other electrics to go off. So if your TV is still working but your lights are not, the chances are it’s not a power cut. To double check, have a look outside your window at the rest of the street. If every other house is also in darkness, the chances it’s a power problem. However, if everyone else seems to have light, the chances are it’s an issue that’s only affecting your house.
Have you paid your bill?
Think about when you last paid your electricity bill, could it be that your electric company has cut off your services? If you’ve got behind on a payment for a bill, call the company and check whether they’ve cut off your services. If they have, try to sort out a payment plan or pay the bill in full, so that your electricity can be restored. If you use a top up card for your electricity, check to see if you’ve run out of credit. If this is the case, pop to your local store and top the card up. If however, the cause of the loss of power isn’t related to your energy provider, you then need to think about what else could have caused it.
Check a fuse hasn’t tripped
Sometimes, the loss of lighting in a property is simply caused by a tripped fuse. Most fuses boxes are located in the porch, utility room or basement – find where yours is and go and check it. Using a torch, check to see if the fuse for your home’s lighting has flipped. Sometimes, turning on a light or changing a bulb can cause the fuse to flip, leaving you without power. If the fuse has tripped, all you need to do is flick it up, and you should have power again.
Call an electrician
If you can’t seem to work out what the cause for your lack of power is, it’s probably best to call in some help. Contact the best emergency electrician in the area, and ask them to come and check your property over. While you could attempt to do this yourself, it’s much safer to get a professional to do it for you.
While hiring an electrician to help you work out the cause of your blackout can be expensive, it’s worth the cost. When it comes to electronics, it’s always best to be safe than sorry. Plus, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can cause more damage.
When you’ve got kids, the lights going out in your home can be a nightmare. However, it’s important to stay calm and not panic. Think about what could have caused the blackout and work out the best way to deal with it.