The weather may be changeable at the moment but some things always stay the same – children want to get out and about during their summer holidays.
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that keeps the power flowing to 8 million customers and 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is urging parents and guardians to spend a few minutes reminding their children to stay safe, play safe and stay away from the potential dangers of electricity.
This summer holiday hundreds of thousands of school pupils across Northern Powergrid’s operating area will be outdoors and need to be aware of the dangers of climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.
Geoff Earl, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Northern Powergrid, said: “Every year we spread our safety messages to thousands of youngsters but we also need parents across the region to help us too. They can play a key role too by reminding their children of the real dangers and helping them understand that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of the electricity network can prove potentially fatal.
“Just five minutes chatting with them about the potential dangers is all it takes so they know exactly what they should do if they see anything hanging from our power lines or accidently kick a ball into one of our substations .
“Retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous. It’s always best call us by dialling 105 and we’ll send someone out from our engineering team to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme dangers of live electricity, will help ensure that everyone can play safe and stay safe this summer holiday.”
Northern Powergrid’s dedicated school safety presenters - Leena Markovic and Bob Knox - have already visited more than 30,000 school children in the last 12 months to educate them about the dangers of electricity and are set to visit thousands more this year.
To arrange a free school safety presentation on the potential dangers around overhead lines, pylons and substations visit http://www.northernpowergrid.com/services-directory/school-safety .
To help parents teach younger children about the dangers of electricity, Northern Powergrid has also teamed up with author Chris Madeley to create the book, Cones and Electricity. The book is available to buy online via Fisher King Publishing.
To report an electricity network safety issue or a power cut, contact Northern Powergrid by calling 105. The number, which is free to call, directs people to the electricity distributor’s 24-hour contact centre.