Stay safe this summer

The holidays are finally here and NIE Networks is keen that everyone across the country has a safe summer by staying away from electricity equipment.

Alex Wallace,  Safety Officer at NIE Networks, has visited thousands of children in primary schools across Northern Ireland this year to deliver the NIE Networks’ Kidzsafe programme and wants parents to remind their children about how dangerous electricity can be.

Alex says, “During the school holidays, as our young people head out to play, they need to know that they could be injured or killed if they interfere with or try to climb overhead power lines or try to get into substations.

“Interfering with our electricity network, can prove fatal, so we’re appealing to parents and guardians to spend time talking to their children about the dangers. Following simple advice and being aware may just save a life.”

Alex continues, “If you spot anything you think is unsafe, call us and we’ll send out our emergency crews. If your football, frisbee or anything ever gets inside a substation,  call us on 03457 643 643 and we’ll get it for you, remind your friends and always look out for them as well.

“Our general advice is keep out of empty or derelict buildings,  and don’t climb trees, fly kites, or drones near our overhead lines.”

Contact NIE Networks 03457 643 643 or visit our Kidzsafe section for more information about how to stay safe.