WITH half-term fast approaching, UK Power Networks is urging Essex parents to remind their children about the dangers of playing near high voltage electricity.
The UK’s biggest electricity distributor wants youngsters to enjoy themselves out in the fresh air, but never treat substations as potential play areas and always be careful near overhead power lines.
The company, which distributes electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, has a range of safety advice and videos on its website.
The main concern is children climbing over substation fences, to retrieve a ball for example, and people are also advised to ‘Look Out and Look Up’ if flying kites or climbing trees near overhead power lines as contact with electricity can be fatal.
Debbie Chachulski, safety advisor said: “We would always encourage parents to consider their children’s electrical safety and take the time to understand and pass on the risks.
“You should never enter a substation site to retrieve anything, be it a ball or even something more valuable like a dropped phone, because nothing is more costly than serious injury or even death.
“Children may also be tempted to use a substation site as a hiding place or den when the fact is they are not a place for some half-term fun.
“We also want people to be aware of their surroundings when kite flying or tree climbing as there is also the risks posed by overhead power lines. Power lines can carry anything from 230 volts to 132,000 volts and even coming into contact with the lowest voltage cables can be fatal.”
If you spot damaged electrical equipment or a safety issue, the number to call is 105, while a range of safety advice and information available at Safety advice and resources | UK Power Networks