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Power company's summer safety warning

Power company's summer safety warning

Published at 12:47pm 22nd July 2015. (Updated at 2:09pm 22nd July 2015)

Yorkshire's electricity distributor is reminding children about the dangers of playing near overhead power lines or substations during the summer holiday.

As part of its safety campaign, Northern Powergrid is urging adults to reinforce the message.

The company has an interactive website which provides information for parents and teachers.

Director of Safety Geoff Earl said: "This summer holiday, there'll be thousands of youngsters out and about in our communities making the most of the school break and looking for things to do. We want to ensure that they understand this must not include climbing pylons and playing near overhead power lines or substations.

"It's vital that they understand the real dangers of coming into contact with an active power network, accidentally or otherwise, as it can lead to potentially fatal injuries.

"We're appealing to all parents, grandparents and guardians to take a few minutes to chat about the potential hazards and what their youngsters should do if they accidently kick a ball into a substation or see anything hanging from our power lines.

"Retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous, so we want them to know that they can contact our 24-hour emergency contact centre team and we'll send an engineering team out to help. Doing the right thing and avoiding the extreme risks of live electricity will help ensure everyone remains safe and can still have fun this summer holiday."