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Power line safety warning for campers

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A safety campaign has been launched to highlight the danger of overhead power lines on campsites.

In a safety pitch aimed at campers, one of the UK’s biggest electricity suppliers is warning people to “Look Out and Look Up” to make sure they are not setting up near live cables.

A safety film by UK Power Networks can be watched on YouTube and the power company has published detailed guidance for campers in leaflets available from its website.

The advice includes:

  • Avoid pitching tents directly under or close to an overhead power line
  • Be aware of overhead lines when erecting TV aerials or radio masts next to camping units
  • Metal and carbon fibre tent poles can conduct electricity so always carry them horizontally and parallel with the ground as electricity can jump across gaps
  • Never attach or tie anything to electricity poles, pylons or electrical equipment in general
  • Never light a fire under an overhead line, heat from the fire could cause the wires to sag or break

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks Public Safety And Education Adviser, said: “Overhead power lines are more common in the countryside than towns and much of the equipment associated with camping and caravanning can easily conduct electricity so it is always wise to ‘Look Out and Look Up’ first and then follow some simple guidelines.”

Ian Hewlett, Technical Manager for the Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “Accidental contact with electricity can be extremely dangerous and overhead cables carry much higher voltages than domestic supplies, so follow UK Power Networks’ advice and always check the area around your pitch for hazards.”

Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk for more information.

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