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Local Wirral Primary School Backs Power Champion Campaign

30 pupils of St Andrews Primary School in Wirral today (30 June) teamed up with SP Energy Networks, capsule which owns and manages the network of cables and power lines for Merseyside, patient to support the Power Champion campaign – an educational initiative which aims to encourage children to prepare for power emergency situations.

Year 4 pupils were challenged to work with their classmates and designate a class Power Champion to prepare a checklist of dos and don’ts to help them in the event of a power cut. With the help of Garreth Freeman, SP Energy Networks Engineer, the pupils staged a power cut drill and were given tips on how to stay safe this summer when playing outdoors.

Garreth Freeman, SP Energy Networks, said: “We’re delighted to work with pupils at St Andrews Primary School to help educate them on how to stay safe in the event of a power cut. The children showed great teamwork and initiative to prepare for the power cut drill, which will be help keep them safe in the unlikely event of a power emergency happening. Now they have a checklist for emergencies and know they can call SP Energy Networks for help.”

Charlie Carter, classroom teacher at St Andrews Primary School, said: “It’s important that our children know to stay safe when they’re outside playing during the summer holidays.

“It can be easy to take electricity for granted so when we don’t have it we need to be prepared to know who to seek advice from to get us back on power. It’s fantastic that the children have been given top tips on what to do should they experience a power cut and how to stay safe during the school holidays.”

As a distributor of power, SP Energy Networks restores supplies as quickly as possible should a fault occur and while loss of power is rare, SP Energy Networks is keen to prepare schools for power loss situations and give advice on how to deal with power cuts should they occur.

SP Energy Networks has launched a new hotline number for people to call in the event of a power emergency – 0800 001 5400 from landlines and 0330 1010 400 from mobile numbers.

SP Energy Networks top tips for being prepared include:

Keep the emergency hotline number (on landlines 0800 001 5400 and on mobiles 0330 1010 400) to hand and inform SP Energy Networks as soon as you experience problems with your electricity supply. Log for all other general enquiries

If electricity is crucial to your health (for instance, if you use medical equipment at home) customers should ask to be included on the SP Energy Networks priority service register by contacting them on 0330 10 10 444 or by using the online form at

Customers should check they have the following items in stock:

  1. Torches with charged batteries or a wind up dynamo torch
  2. Keep a battery power radio in your house, as you may be able to receive updates on any incident.
  3. An analogue telephone – most modern phones rely on an electricity supply in addition to the phone line, but an analogue phone can work on just the phone line

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