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
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing 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 40,000 people in Great Britain.