Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and business in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is promoting its safety video and asking parents to spend time with their children during the summer holidays reminding them of the dangers of electricity.
The electricity distributor has already reached out to more than 650,000 people with its digital safety animation which has been viewed more than 200,000 times. The video encourages local people to take a few moments to educate the young people in their lives about the importance of not climbing poles and pylons, going into electricity substations or fishing or flying kites or drones near overhead power lines. Whilst primarily directed at parents, the video was created in a way that meant it could also be shared with children to help get conversations started.
Gareth Pearson, Head of Health, Safety and Training at Northern Powergrid, said: “We know lots children will be making the most of the summer weather and light nights to spend more time outdoors with family and friends during the school holidays. We want to make sure they enjoy that time safely by staying away from our power network.
“We’re urging parents and guardians to watch our video and spend a little time 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. It’s vitally important they know that retrieving any items themselves is extremely dangerous.
“We want all young people to know that if they spot anything potentially unsafe they can call 105, the easy-to-remember free power cut number, speak to our 24-hour emergency contact centre team who’ll be happy to send someone out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity will help ensure everyone remains safe and has fun during the Easter holidays.”
The animation is part of the electricity distributors ‘Summer of Safety’ with a new electricity safety presentation and resources to teach young people about the dangers of electricity. Find out more by visiting Northern Powergrid’s education page at northernpowergrid.com/education.
Northern Powergrid, as part of its planning for 2023 and beyond, has recently launched its draft business plan in which it shares its commitment to be an energy industry leader in safety and keep its colleagues and members of the public safe.
Over the coming months Northern Powergrid will be engaging with its customers and other key stakeholders to understand if they agree and accept its proposals in readiness for submitting its final business plan for 2023-28 to the energy regulator, Ofgem, on 1 December 2021.