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Youngsters warned to beware of electricity

As the nights become longer and milder, youngsters are being reminded to stay safe and be well aware of the potential dangers of electricity.

Northern Powergrid, the electricity distributor for the North East, says youngsters must resist any temptation to trespass in substations, climb pylons or play near overhead power lines. They also ask that people remain vigilant and report any safety concerns on our emergency free-phone number 0800 375675.

Paul Norton, head of safety at Northern Powergrid, said: “We all remember the excitement of the longer, milder nights, but it’s vital that youngsters realise that interfering, accidentally or otherwise, with any part of the electricity network can prove fatal.

“Every year, people die or suffer serious burns by touching cables, equipment or kites entangled in power lines that they didn’t realise were live.”

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