Warning of electricity dangers during half term

Parents are being encouraged to remind their children of the dangers of electricity this February half term.

Northern Powergrid, which is responsible for running the region’s electricity network, is urging parents to talk to their children about being more vigilant and staying away from the potential dangers of electricity.

Geoff Earl, director of safety at Northern Powergrid, said: “We don’t want to stop children having fun during their half term holiday, but we are urging them to play safe.

“Interfering with the electricity network, accidentally or otherwise, can prove fatal, and we’re appealing to parents and guardians to spend some time talking to their children about the dangers of power lines and substations.

“Electricity wires, pylons and substations are located across the region and youngsters need to be vigilant and avoid playing in the vicinity of any of these hazardous things. Following simple advice and being aware may just save a life.

“If your football, frisbee, pet, or anything else gets inside the parameters of a substation, don’t go anywhere near it – call our 24-hour emergency contact centre team and we’ll organise for one of our engineers to retrieve it for you.

“Also keep away from empty or derelict buildings or vandalised street lights with exposed wires and never fly a kite or climb near overhead power lines.

“If you spot anything potentially unsafe, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to send out our team to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity, ensures everyone can remain safe and have fun throughout the school holiday.”

Those 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