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Power company launches new film as part of safety pitch for holidaymakers

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With the school holidays approaching, the UK’s biggest electricity distributor has launched a new safety film ensuring families heading for the great outdoors do so safely.

In a safety pitch aimed at campers and caravanners, UK Power Networks, as part of its wider ‘Be Bright, stay safe’ campaign, is warning people to ‘Look Out and Look Up’ to make sure they are not setting up camp near any overhead power lines.

The film includes safety advice on camping, fishing and ballooning and the animations show worst case scenarios, followed by safe practices.

Ros Forbes, UK Power Networks public safety and education adviser, said: “Camping and caravanning are fantastic ways to enjoy the great outdoors and we want everyone to enjoy the experience safely. The same applies to all recreational pursuits families will try during the school holidays such as fishing.

“Cables and power lines can carry anything from 230 volts to 132,000 volts and even coming into contact with the lowest voltage cables can be fatal.

“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.”

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity to around 18million people across London, the South East and the East of England, advise:

If possible avoid pitching tents or caravans directly under or close to an overhead power line.

  • Be aware of overhead lines when erecting TV aerials or radio masts next to mobile homes or fixed caravans.
  • Metal and carbon fibre tent poles, guy ropes, TV aerials and other long objects can conduct electricity. Electricity can jump across gaps so always carry them horizontally and parallel with the ground.
  • Never attach or tie anything to electricity poles, pylons or electrical equipment.
  • Never light a fire under an overhead line, heat from the fire could cause the wires to sag or break.

As well as the film, the power company has published detailed guidance for campers and caravanners on how to stay safe near overhead power lines in leaflets available at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk