Electricity is extremely helpful in our everyday lives - but sometimes it can go wrong and you are left with a power failure. It is important to know what to do and what to look for should this happen to you.
Know where to locate the "mains" box in your home.
In the event of a power failure, first check to see if you are the only house affected. If you are, check the "mains" box to see if the main power switch has tripped. If it has, switch it back on - the circuit with the fault should now remain off. Have it fixed as soon as possible.
If you are unsure of what to do, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING! Call an electrician as soon as possible to fix the problem for you.
The problem can be caused by a lightning storm, a problem with the power lines in your area, vandalism or an accident in the substation servicing your area. When a power failure affects all the houses in your area it is usually due to a problem with the main power supply and the proper authorities should be contacted immediately.