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Weekly Edition - Published  28 December 2015


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How many people does it take the National Grid keep us safe over Christmas?

IT'S not just Santa who was working on Christmas Eve. Whilst many of us are made last minute plans, watching Christmas TV and wrapping presents, National Grid engineers, had been working around the clock make sure our gas supplies are safe over the festive period.

Throughout the year, engineers are on hand day and night to tackle potentially dangerous gas leaks. So, as we fire up our ovens to cook the festive feast and enjoy all the traditional seasonal activities, safety conscious National Grid is urging people to be extra alert to potential gas leaks over the holidays.

It is estimated that around 63,300 calls will be made to the 24 hour National Gas Emergency Service number:- 0800 111 101010; over the holiday period. Over 2014 nearly 4,000 emergency calls were received from the North West region.

So, while you had been enjoying the Christmas TV specials, here's an idea of how busy the engineers where in 2014 and figures for 2015 will be far, far higher:-

During Doctor Who (1 hour), 1710 calls.

► Strictly Come Dancing (1 hour 15 minutes), 224 calls.

► Downton Abbey (2 hours), 358 calls.

Just before Christmas Eve, John Duckworth, head of operations in the North West told us that:- "Our engineers play a vital role at this time of year in making sure homes, shops and business have a safe and reliable gas supply throughout the festive season. For us it's business as usual. Our staff will be ready to answer calls and deal with any gas related problems that might arise on Christmas Day just as they would on any other day of the year."

The Call Centre team will be responding now to all event s over New Years Eve and through out 2016, to calls of gas escapes and dispatching engineers.

If you smell gas follow these simple safety steps:-

► Call the National Gas Emergency:- 0800 111 101010.

► Do not smoke or light matches.

► Do not turn electrical switches on or off.

► Open doors and windows.

Turn off the meter at the control valve unless the meter is in the cellar.....
North West Call outs over Christmas 2014
Greater Manchester 384
Manchester Centre 340
Macclesfield 344
Oldham 261
Wirral 156
Southport/Bootle 225
Liverpool Centre 1510
Garston 1101
Ellesmere Port 144
Crewe 123
St Helens 2810
Accrington 202
Blackpool 1104
Kirby Lonsdale 123
Barrow in Furness 68
Longbridge 262
Horwich 237
Wigan 204
Total 31,006

Where you or are you on call with the National Grid? If you are, please let us know what you have been doing to keep us with happy over Christmas, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.


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