Warning to stay safe near electricity

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Youngsters are being warned about the dangers of playing near electricity this summer.

With schools nearing their summer holidays, electricity network distributor Northern Powergrid is calling on parents to help local youngsters stay safe over the six-weeks holiday.

The company – responsible for the network that delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the north east, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire – is urging parents, grandparents and guardians to take a few minutes over the coming days to remind the young people in their lives about the potential dangers of electricity.

Geoff Earl, director of safety at Northern Powergrid, said: “This summer holiday there’ll be thousands of youngsters out and about in our communities making the most of the school break and looking for things to do.

“We want to ensure that they understand this must not include climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.

“It’s vital that they understand the real dangers of coming into contact with an active power network, accidentally or otherwise, as it can lead to potentially fatal injuries.

“We’re appealing to all parents, grandparents and guardians to take a few minutes before the school break to chat about the potential hazards and what their youngsters should do if they accidently kick a ball into a substation, or see anything hanging from our power lines.

“Retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous, so we want them to know that they can contact our 24-hour emergency contact centre team and we’ll send an engineering team out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity will help ensure everyone remains safe and can still have fun this summer holiday.”

Anyone looking for help talking to their children about the dangers of electricity can visit Northern Powergrid’s interactive website http://thefusebox.northernpowergrid.com/page/zone/parent/index.cfm

To contact Northern Powergrid to report any safety concerns call emergency freephone number 0800 66 88 77.