Avoid balloon accidents with power lines by heeding ENA safety advice

For immediate release – Monday 26 March 2012

Following the hot air balloon collision with power lines in Northamptonshire over the weekend, which saw three people trapped, the message to balloonists from Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the companies that transport Britain's energy was clear. Before you go up always make sure you know where all the overhead lines are in the vicinity of where you will be taking off from and landing.

ENA’s Chief Executive said:

"The CAA map shows the major transmission lines, because of their height but does not show other high and low voltage overhead lines. So consider driving to your destination first to personally inspect it.”

David Smith went on to say:

"ENA has produced a leaflet detailing all the measures balloonists should take to ensure their safety. It is vital they read it before going up."

ENDS

Notes for editors

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

The ENA public safety leaflet for balloonists can be downloaded from the ENA website here.

For further information please contact:

Tony Glover
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association
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