Look up and look out this Bonfire Night

Electricity North West. (s)
Electricity North West. (s)

Electricity North West is urging people in Clitheroe to stay safe on Bonfire Night by keeping away from overhead power lines and electricity substations.

The region’s power network operator is warning families and event organisers to remember other dangers which could spoil celebrations and cause serious harm.

Vincent Cranny, head of health and safety for Electricity North West, said: “Bonfire Night is a fun night out for all the family but sometimes, the risks are not obvious, and interfering with the electricity network can prove fatal.

“The power network includes thousands of substations and miles of overhead power lines and poles across the North West and they all have a yellow danger of death sign on them, so please stay safe by looking up and looking out this Bonfire Night.”

Chris Kenny, Chief Fire Officer from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We support Electricity North West’s warning for Bonfire Night and bonfires and home firework displays need a lot of planning if they are to be safe and not a hazard for those attending.

“Our firefighters, paramedics, A & E staff and the police often witness the downside to poor planning on Bonfire Night. We recommend that you visit an organised display instead, they are usually bigger, better and there is plenty of entertainment for the whole family.”

To report any safety concerns regarding the power network call Electricity North West immediately on 0800 195 4141 or report it on Twitter @ElectricityNW.