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NORTHERN POWERGRID ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO TALK ELECTRICITY SAFETY THIS HALF TERM

Girl with sledge - canva stock imageNorthern Powergrid, the company responsible for powering everyday life for 8 million people, is spreading vital electricity safety messages across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire this half term as part of its campaign to ensure future generations take notice of warning signs around electrical equipment and stay safe and away from overhead power lines and substations.

With recent snow fall across many parts of the region more young people may be venturing out into their communities to enjoy the wintery weather as part of their daily exercise during the current lockdown. As a result Northern Powergrid is sharing its digital safety animation this February half-term to remind parents and guardians to spend just a few minutes reminding the young people in their lives about the very real dangers of ignoring electrical safety warnings signs and playing near overhead power lines or substations.

The video is primarily aimed at parents and guardians but has been created in a way which means it can be shared with children as part of any discussions about staying safe.

Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s Director of Safety, Health and Environment, said: “We’re committed to making sure future generations understand the importance of staying away from our network and know how to spot dangers which could be fatal if they stray too close to our equipment. We also want them to know that they can contact us to report an incident or to ask our teams to retrieve a football or drone that accidently ends up in one of our substations. Our teams are highly trained, have specialist equipment and are the only ones who should be going near substations, power lines or underground cables.

“With schools closed to most pupils due to COVID-19 and visitor access still not currently possible for our safety talks, we are using this animation to help spread the word to parents far and wide via social media to reach out to as many children as possible across our region.”

To view the animation and share it with young people across the region, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7e-HVIYYBA&t=9s