Bonfires spark safety warning

07/06/2017
NIE Networks has issued a strong safety warning to communities to keep bonfires a safe distance from overhead lines and substations.  

A NIE Networks spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, in previous years, bonfires have been sited close to or even under our high voltage overhead lines.  This is dangerous for everyone because smoke and heat from bonfires can cause an overhead line to break and fall. This poses a very real risk to everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

“Remember - electricity can jump gaps so you don’t need to come into direct contact with our equipment to risk electrocution.  Our electricity network is safe when left alone but is potentially lethal if you get too close.

“We are working with the local communities and elected representatives to highlight the dangers, and, as part of this would urge everyone involved to put safety first this summer.

“Also remember – don’t be tempted to attach posters, signs or flags to any part of the electricity network. This makes it really difficult for NIE Networks’ emergency crews to restore electricity supplies if there has been a fault and will result in customers being off supply for longer than is necessary.”

If you need guidance or have any questions please contact NIE Networks immediately on 03457 643 643 or visit nienetworks.co.uk.