Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week welcomed the launch of a new number, 105, that aims to support members of the public if they experience a power cut.
Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to. 105 has been set up to help people get through their local electricity network operator – the company responsible for the power network that delivers electricity to their door.
It's a free, easy-to-remember number that people can call to report or get information about a power cut in their area. It puts callers through to the people who will repair their local power network and restore their power.
Andrew is supporting the introduction of 105 as an easy service for local residents. He said:
“I welcome the introduction of 105. It'll be of great use to local residents if they ever have a power cut, and it's very easy to remember too.
105 can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones, and it doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from - anyone can call 105.
People can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should be called too.