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Leisure and electricity

Read our advice for avoiding danger during leisure activities

Playing safe - sports and games

Stay away, stay alive

Play ball games well away from substations.

If your ball or other property falls inside a substation:

  • do not retrieve it yourself, even if it looks to be in reach.
  • never try to poke anything through the fence to reach your ball.
  • please remember even damp sticks can conduct electricity.

Look out! Look up.

Check for overhead power lines in the area where you are going to set up your sports activity and treat all lines as live.

Overhead power lines are generally mounted on wooden poles but can also be on steel pylons or concrete structure.

All materials including poles and nets will conduct electricity, more so if wet or damp. Electricty can also jump over 2 metres so you do not necessarily have to come into direct contact.

  • Look out for signs, which have been sited near to overhead power lines, which point out the danger.
  • Never erect goal posts, or any other sporting equipment close to lines.
  • Never carry long objects vertically, always horizontally, parallel with the ground at as low a height as possible
  • Never attach or tie anything off overhead power lines or electrical equipment.
  • Don't light fires beneath overhead power lines.

Kite flying

Never fly kites or model aircraft anywhere near electricity overhead lines.

If a kite or model aircraft is blown towards an electricity line, you must:

View a range of material giving advice and guidance on safety, produced by the Energy Networks Association

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

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