FESTIVE REVELLERS URGED TO STAY SAFE IF LIGHTING FIREWORKS
Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is urging people to stay clear of overhead power lines and substations if they plan to set off fireworks to celebrate the festive season or bring in the New Year.
The electricity distributor, which delivers power to 3.9 million homes and businesses through its network of underground cables and overhead power lines, is encouraging people to take a few extra minutes to double check their surroundings.
It wants people to be fully aware of the potential dangers around and above them which could spoil their festive or New Year’s Eve celebrations or result in serious or fatal injuries if they light fireworks anywhere near their local electricity network.
Gareth Pearson, Northern Powergrid’s Head of Health, Safety and Training, said: “Many people may be thinking about setting off fireworks to celebrate the festive season or bring in the New Year.
“Before starting a display, we want them to take a few minutes to have a good look around. It’s vital that they find a safe place, well away from our overhead power lines or substations, and that they fully understand that interfering with the electricity network can be dangerous.
“By taking these extra, simple precautions they can ensure they have a fantastic festive season and a safe start to 2023.”
To report an electricity network safety issue contact Northern Powergrid by calling 105. The national three-digit number, which is free to call, automatically directs people to their electricity distributor. Information about power cuts or how to get extra support is also available on northernpowergrid.com or 24/7 on social media (Facebook and @NorthPowergrid).
Northern Powergrid also offers free Priority Services Membership to customers who may need additional advice or support due to their medical or personal circumstances. Visit www.northernpowergrid.com/care to join.