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Hot tips

•HAVE disposable BBQ trays at home in case the cooker stops working due to power cuts.

Make sure you know how to turn off the water. This avoids damage if pipes freeze.

•Have a supply of winter fuel to avoid the cold if the heating stops working.

•Buy a shovel and have a bag of salt in stock to keep paths clear and safe.

•Get batteries to keep torches powered.

•Have a water container or two in the event of cut-offs.

Irish Independent