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 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 New Year’s Eve celebrations or result in serious or fatal injuries if they light fireworks anywhere near their local electricity network.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s Director of Safety, Health and Environment, said: “It’s going to a very different New Year celebration for many of us and we know that some people may be thinking about setting off fireworks to 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 evening and a safe start to 2021.”
To contact Northern Powergrid to report any safety concerns regarding the local electricity network call 105. Northern Powergrid can also be contacted 24/7 via Facebook and Twitter (@NorthPowergrid).
Northern Powergrid is currently exploring the best ways it can support the communities it serves and powers in the future. Customers interested in sharing their views on everything from safety and network reliability to decarbonisation and customer service can visit the company’s dedicated microsite to have their say and contribute to the building of the electricity network operator’s 2023-2028 business plan.