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Boating safety and electricity

If you are a sailor or own a boat, you always need to be aware of overhead power lines which could cause serious injury.

Tall masts

Before rigging or moving a boat with a tall mast:

  • always look up and around you.
  • check the route you are about to take.
  • stay away from overhead power lines.
  • do not attempt to judge the height of lines.

Overhead lines are located in boat clubs as well as on the road in car parks, drives and outside your home.

Read our leaflet about leisure and safety


Electricity poles and pylons are usually fitted with yellow 'Danger of Death' notices.

A known boating venue will display warning signs and barriers (goal posts) near any lines that cross areas where boats are expected to pass or to be rigged.

Occasoinally signs are knocked over, so always check line locations and stay well clear.

If in doubt, stop

If there's a line near to where you are rigging, assume it is a live wire.

If you are ever in doubt about a line, contact the site owner or electricty company.

Read the Energy Networks Association safety information leaflet for sailors

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Find answers to questions about Electricity North West, including details on electricity connections, power cuts and general enquiries.

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Major incident

Engineers are working to restore power to properties after severe flooding in Lancashire and Rochdale.

We are doing everything we can to restore power and we'll update you regularly on our news section and TwitterFor emergencies, please call us on 0800 195 4141.