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Power company warns people to take care on Bonfire Night

UK Power Networks is urging people to switch on to potential electrical hazards when letting off fireworks or setting up bonfires.

From Press releases - 3 November 2017 12:00 AM

The electricity distribution company which keeps the lights on across the East of England as well as London and the South East, is keen for people to consider the location of overhead power lines and substations this weekend to avoid serious or even fatal injuries.

With a dedicated team of advisors, who regularly deliver safety advice at events and schools with support from colleagues who volunteer, the company is asking people to double check their surroundings on Bonfire Night.

Ros Forbes, a UK Power Networks safety adviser, said: “When it comes to fireworks and also bonfires we appreciate people are already likely to be taking care, but electricity infrastructure may not be something they consider.

“We are urging people in charge of private displays to look up and around to make sure bonfires and fireworks are kept well away from any overhead electricity lines or any other electrical equipment because it could have serious consequences.

“We want to be clear to people that the potential is there and they need to be mindful of the dangers so they can stay safe and enjoy Bonfire Night.”

UK Power Networks has a Power Up website to raise awareness of a range of safety issues. It is aimed at young people aged between seven and 16 and has facts, quizzes, downloads and resources for teachers and parents in line with the National Curriculum.

Did you know?
• High-voltage electricity can jump across gaps - keep well clear
• Human bodies contain 70% water and water conducts electric current really well. Ignoring the danger signs could result in an electric shock or death.
• Look Up! Look Out! Check for overhead electricity wires
• Electricity will always find the easiest path to the ground – always carry fishing rods, ladders or any other long objects horizontally and keep kites away from power lines

105 is a new free number you can call if you have a power cut, to get through to your local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to your area.