Stay Safe - Be A Bright Spark This Bonfire Night
Northern Powergrid, the company that keeps the lights on for 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is urging local people to be bright sparks this bonfire night and stay away from substations and power lines when setting off fireworks during the Guy Fawkes celebrations.
The electricity distributor wants to ensure local people are fully aware of potential dangers, which could spoil their evening or even result in serious or fatal injuries, if they light fireworks anywhere near their local electricity network.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid's director of health, safety and environment, said:
"We'd always recommend going to organised events in your local community, but if you're planning to set off your own fireworks we are asking people to take just a few minutes to check your surroundings first and make sure you're well away from our overhead power lines or substations.
"Building bonfires anywhere near the electricity network can be extremely; dangerous especially if it reduces clearance distances, and remember power lines on wooden poles can carry voltages of 132,000 volts - you don't need to make contact - electricity can jump gaps."
To report a power cut, or damage to the electricity network, Northern Powergrid can be contacted 24-hours by calling 105 or visiting Facebook and Twitter (@NorthPowergrid). Customers can also report or find out information about a power cut in their area by visiting the electricity distributor’s online power cut map at northernpowergrid.com.
Stay Safe - Be A Bright Spark This Bonfire Night, 1st November 2018, 22:00 PM