Northern Powergrid, the electricity distributor for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is appealing to parents to spend a few minutes reminding their children to be extra vigilant by staying away from the potential dangers of electricity.
This Easter break, there will be an estimated 1.2 million school pupils across the North East, Yorkshire, and northern Lincolnshire, out and about making the most of the first weeks of spring and they need to be aware of the dangers of climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.
Geoff Earl, director of safety at Northern Powergrid, said: “The Easter school holidays is a time when children are looking to get out and play in the first days of spring – we want to ensure they enjoy their time safely.
It’s vital that young people are reminded of the dangers of power lines and substations so they realise that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of the electricity network can potentially prove fatal.
“We are appealing to all parents and guardians to spend a few minutes this Easter holiday chatting with their children about the potential hazards and what they should do if they accidently kick a ball into a substation, or see anything hanging from our power lines, as retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous.
“We want young people to know that if they spot anything potentially unsafe they can call our 24-hour emergency contact centre team who will send an engineering team out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity, helps ensure everyone can remain safe and have fun this Easter.”