As lockdown begins, Britain’s energy networks are encouraging everyone to stay safe on bonfire night and make sure that fireworks don’t hit any overhead lines or other electrical structures.
Now that officially organised fireworks displays are cancelled because of lockdown, many people may be looking to recreate that fun and excitement at home. But in order to be safe it’s important everyone stays clear of overhead power lines and substations when setting off fireworks or lighting bonfires.
Setting off fireworks and having bonfires near overhead lines and substations can not only cause damage that can result in power cuts but can also potentially lead to serious injuries to people in the vicinity.
Smoke, heat and fire can all damage the power lines while debris from rockets and other fireworks can damage substations. This is why it is important for any fireworks display to take place well clear of the energy networks.
Energy Networks Association is encouraging anyone who’s thinking about setting of their own fireworks and having a bonfire to check the area in the daytime so they can make sure that they stay safe and enjoy their evenings.
David Spillett, Head of Safety, Health and Environment at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:
“Bonfire night is a fun night for all the family, but we want everyone to take care. Plan your celebrations ahead, when you’ve got the chance to make sure any bonfires or fireworks you want to set off are well away from any power lines overhead or other electrical structures. Let’s all enjoy ourselves and stay safe.”
If a member of the public becomes aware of any damage to electrical apparatus or believes an item has gone into a substation, they should keep well clear and call 105.
About Energy Networks Association
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.