Parents in Hartlepool have been urged to remind their children about the dangers of electricity this week.
During the school half-term, Northern Powergrid – the company which manages the network that delivers electricity to 3.9million homes in the North – is trying to ensure children stay safe.
Thousands of children in the company’s operating area will be looking to enjoy the outdoors during the school break, and they are being reminded of the dangers of climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.
Geoff Earl, director of safety, health and environment at Northern Powergrid, said: “It’s vital that parents remind youngsters of the dangers so they realise that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of their local electricity network can potentially prove fatal.
“We would urge all parents and guardians to spend a few minutes chatting with their children about the potential dangers and what they should do if they accidentally kick their football into a substation or see anything hanging from our power lines.
“Retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous. It’s always best to give us a call so we can send someone from our engineering team to help.
“Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme dangers of live electricity, helps ensure everyone can play safe and stay safe this half-term.”
Parents looking for help talking about the dangers of electricity can visit Northern Powergrid’s website at thefusebox.northernpowergrid.com/page/zone/parent/index.cfm or show them a video about how to do the right thing at www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXH5hAxn95U
Every year, Northern Powergrid’s dedicated school safety officers visit thousands of schoolchildren to educate them about the dangers of electricity. To arrange a free presentation, visit www.northernpowergrid.com/services-directory/school-safety.
To contact Northern Powergrid to report any safety concerns, call the emergency freephone number 0800 66 88 77.