Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is urging local people to stay safe this Bonfire Night and make sure they stay clear of power lines and substations when setting off fireworks.
The electricity distributor’s warning comes as new lockdown restrictions mean officially organised displays will be cancelled leading to more people potentially buying and setting off fireworks at home.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid’s Director of Safety, Health and Environment, said: “We normally recommend attending a professionally organised firework display but we know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and new lockdown restrictions many people may be thinking about setting off their own fireworks this 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 time and stay save this Bonfire Night.”
To report a power cut or damage to the electricity network, Northern Powergrid can be contacted 24-hours by calling 105 or on visiting Facebook and Twitter (@NorthPowergrid). Customers can also report or find out information about a power cut in their area by visiting the electricity distributor’s online power cut map at northernpowergrid.com.
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 contribute to the building of the electricity network operator's 2023-2028 business plan.