As the nation prepares for their Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend, the UK’s energy operators have provided some simple safety tips to ensure bonfires and fireworks don’t damage electrical equipment or powerlines, keeping us all safe this season. Though the Fire Brigade’s safety advice for Bonfire Night should be followed in full, these tips should help you avoid risks that might not be obvious, especially in the dark.
- Plan ahead: Plan your celebration in advance, preferably in daylight. Take some time to check your surroundings first and make sure you're well away from our overhead power lines and other electrical equipment
- Look out, look up: Building bonfires and lighting fireworks anywhere near overhead powerlines can be extremely dangerous so make sure you’re aware of any potential hazards overhead
- Keep your distance: Wind can blow flames and sparks onto overhead powerlines so make sure you’re in a safe location to enjoy the celebration. Remember that electricity can also jump gaps so always keep a safe distance
David Spillett, Head of Safety, Health and Environment at Energy Networks Association (ENA) which represents UK energy networks operators said:
“The 5th of November is great fun – but no one wants to turn their bonfire celebration into a blackout. It’s vital we stay safe while we’re enjoying ourselves. Please follow our three tips to help ensure you have a safe night: plan ahead, look out and look up, and keep your distance from overhead powerlines and other electrical equipment.”
If you become aware of any damage to electrical apparatus or believe an item has gone into a substation, then keep well clear and call 105.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).