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Casting the safety net wide

Fishing enthusiasts are being given top tips by electricity workers from UK Power Networks to keep them safe around power lines at the Big One angling show in Farnborough.

From Press releases - 13 February 2014 12:00 AM

Fishing enthusiasts are being given top tips by electricity workers from UK Power Networks to keep them safe around power lines at the Big One angling show in Farnborough.

Volunteers from the power company will be at the popular show from February 22 to 23 reminding anglers to keep clear of power lines when they are fishing in the countryside.

UK Power Networks has 46,000km of overhead power lines because it owns and operates the electricity network across the South East, London and East of England. The firm’s safety advisers are keen to hammer home messages that will help keep anglers from coming to any harm near such equipment.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks’ safety adviser, said: “It sounds obvious but whether you are fishing somewhere new or familiar it’s important to look out for power lines. Carry fishing rods horizontally and only set up and cast out at the water’s edge after checking for nearby power lines.

“Fishing rods and lines can conduct electricity, taking the quickest path to earth and it’s important to remember that you don’t even have to touch the overhead lines to be hurt because electricity can jump gaps.”

Safety is UK Power Networks’ top priority and the dedicated work of the public safety team continues all year round to support safe working practices around electricity equipment which has to be located in the community to deliver essential power supplies.

The team advises anglers to follow this advice to stay safe:
• Think before you cast. Look up and Look Out! to stay safe near power lines
• Unpack, set up and put away your rod at the water’s edge
• Carry rods horizontally
• Fishing rods, lines, string, ropes and tent poles can all conduct electricity so keep them away from power lines
• Power lines can carry up to 400,000 volts. Even contact with 230 volts (domestic voltage) can be lethal
• Observe warning signs and instructions even in the car park or at the roadside
• Electricity can jump gaps so direct contact with power lines is not needed to cause injury or death

Show-goers can visit the safety team at stand 128 to receive free tackle box stickers, leaflets and advice.

For more online safety information visit http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/safety/