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Campers urged to listen to safety pitch

With the school holidays on the horizon many people will be planning to pitch their tents in the countryside or setting off with caravans.

From Press releases - 19 July 2018 12:00 AM

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In a safety pitch directly aimed at campers and caravanners, experts at electricity firm UK Power Networks are warning people to ‘Look out and look up’ to make sure they are not setting up camp near any overhead power lines.

Nathan Hughes, the power firm’s public safety and education adviser, said as well as being careful where they place tent poles or TV aerials, holidaymakers must also be wary where they start campfires or tie washing lines.

He said: “Camping and caravanning are fantastic ways to enjoy the great outdoors and we want everyone to enjoy the experience safely.

“Cables and power lines can carry anything from 230 volts to 132,000 volts and even coming into contact with the lowest voltage cables can be fatal.

“Overhead power lines are more common in the countryside than towns and much of the equipment associated with camping and caravanning can easily conduct electricity so it is always wise to ‘look out and look up’ first and then follow some simple guidelines so everyone can be happy – and safe – campers.”
Ian Hewlett, technical manager for the Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “Electricity can be extremely dangerous and overhead cables carry much higher voltages than domestic supplies, so follow the UK Power Network advice and always check the area around your pitch for hazards.
“See our advice on camping hazards here at: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/helpandadvice/camping-safety/campsite-hazards/.”
UK Power Networks, who distribute electricity to around 18 million people across London, the South East and the East of England, has produced guidance aimed at ensuring people take care where they pitch up this summer. It includes:

• If possible avoid pitching your tent or caravan directly under or close to an overhead power line.
• Be aware of any nearby overhead lines when erecting TV aerials or radio masts next to mobile homes or fixed caravans.
• Metal and carbon fibre tent poles, guy ropes, TV aerials and almost every other long object can conduct electricity. Electricity can jump across gaps so always carry them horizontally and parallel with the ground.
• Never attach or tie anything to electricity poles, pylons or electrical equipment.
• Never light a fire under an overhead line, heat from the fire could cause the wires to sag or break.


UK Power Networks has published detailed guidance for campers and caravanners on how to stay safe near overhead power lines in leaflets available at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk