With thousands of school children currently enjoying their Easter holidays Northern Powergrid, the region’s electricity distributor, is urging parents to take a moment to remind their children about the dangers of electricity before they head out to enjoy the warmer weather and lighter nights.
The company which keeps the lights on for 8 million customers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire wants to ensure that youngsters looking to enjoy their holiday break know how to stay safe and stay away from their local power network.
Geoff Earl, director of safety, health and environment at Northern Powergrid, said: “The Easter holidays are a time when children are out and about appreciating the spring weather. We want to ensure they safely enjoy their time off. This means it’s vital young people are reminded of the dangers of power lines and substations and understand that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of our electricity network could potentially prove fatal.
“We’re appealing to all parents and guardians to spend a few minutes chatting with their children about the potential hazards and what they should do if they accidentally kick a ball into a substation, or see anything hanging from our power lines, as retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous.
“We want young people to know that if they spot anything potentially unsafe they can call 105, the easy-to-remember power cut number, which will connect them to our 24-hour emergency contact centre team who’ll send an emergency response team out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity will help ensure everyone remains safe and has fun this Easter.”
Parents can show their children a video about doing the right thing where 11-year-old Jack Dalton got his dad to phone Northern Powergrid’s contact centre when his kite got caught in a power line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXH5hAxn95U&feature=youtu.be
Northern Powergrid has also teamed up with author Chris Madeley to create a new book, Cones and Electricity, which helps parents teach younger children about the dangers of electricity. The book is available to buy online via Fisher King Publishing.
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 visits thousands more in the months ahead.
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.
In addition to 105, the free, easy-to remember power cut number to report a power cut or any safety concerns, Northern Powergrid can also be contact on 0800 375 675 (Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire) or 0800 66 88 77 (North East).