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Switch on to bonfire night safety

UK Power Networks urges people to ‘Look Up! Look Out!’ for potential hazards to stay safe during bonfire night celebrations.

From Press releases - 2 November 2021 12:00 AM

The electricity company, which delivers power supplies to 8.3 million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, advises keeping fireworks and bonfires away from power lines and substations.

People are encouraged to ‘Look Up! Look Out!’ and include a daylight recce when planning displays, to keep clear of equipment which keeps electricity supplies flowing. The team’s safety advisers also warn against using sky lanterns which can get caught in overhead lines or potentially cause fires. Heat and smoke from a bonfire can damage overhead lines and high voltage electricity can jump gaps, finding the easiest path to the ground.

Ros Forbes, public safety advisor at UK Power Networks, said: “Large public firework displays are taking place again this year, where risks are identified in advanced. We encourage those marking the occasion at home to consider the same risks as larger displays to keep everyone safe.

“With the excitement of being able to host an event this year, people may forget about checking their surroundings. Overhead wires are hard to see in the dark, so plan ahead during the day if you are hosting bonfire parties and consider the weather conditions. If it is windy this can fan flames quite a distance so make sure you build bonfires a good distance away from overhead wires and high voltage substations.”

In the event of an emergency involving the electricity network keep well away and ring 105.